Johannesburg – A gender equity bill, which would have ensured that not more than two-thirds of parliament can be of the same gender, has failed to pass in the Kenyan National Assembly.
The house failed to raise the necessary numbers to pass the two-thirds gender equity bill so it deferred the vote to next year.
The suspension of the vote followed a request by Majority Leader Aden Duale during the debate attended by opposition chiefs Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, the East African reported.
Duale informed speaker Justin Muturi that the house did not have 233 members required to support the proposed law to address Kenya's gender inequality in political representation.
The delaying of the bill, some argued, would give MPs time to lobby their colleagues to support the bill. However, others countered stating that the bill had been lobbied for, and discussed, for a month and that deferment was unnecessary.