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Gender balance issue raises heat in House

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The Constitutional clause that requires that no one more than two thirds of any one gender can be elected to a public office has kicked off a storm in the country.Already, women have gone to court to challenge the Constitutionality of the Supreme Court nominees saying the Judicial Service Commission breached the Constitution by nominating more than two thirds of men.Defending the women’s move, ODM nominated MP, Ms Sofia Abdi Noor, who is also the vice-chairman of the Women’s Parliamentary Association, said it was hard for women to compete with men on an equal footing because of socio-cultural issues pitted against them.She said many women did not have the financial muscle to sustain a campaign given that they have in the past been marginalised.“Women have started getting small opportunities recently and it is hard to get enough women to contest because of the cost of campaigns. This is one thing that really discourages women from offering themselves for the elective seats,” said Ms Noor.She said her association was working on a strategies to have women fill positions in constituencies to avert a Constitutional crisis of having an imbalanced house.

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