Okay I’m not very clear on what’s happening here, so I’m just going to write up my understanding so far from what I have heard from groups involved with pushing the Womens Representation Bill. I hear that gazettal of the Constitutional Amendment has gone through as of Thursday so now Lady kidu will need to wait for gazettal of the accompanying Organic Law amendments so that she can table the entire package amendments at the next sitting of Parliament.
So besides the Maladina amendments another big constitutional amendment is also going to take place at this next sitting.
I was initially against the bill as you can read here, but as time has gone on my thoughts have been, well we really need to start somewhere with this to break the ‘gender bias’ cycle and if the inclusion can in anyway mature the style of leadership that we have had to deal with for the last 35 years then I’m all for it. So congratulations to all involved for getting this far. There is more work to be done yet, but some promising steps forward though.
Just a thought, isn’t it amazing that something like this is taking only one lone female member to run around to get this actually gazetted?
Anyway here’s a little excerpt from Euralia Paine’s blog to give a brief outline of how it will work:
“The report stated the model used for Reserved Seats for women was the creation of two-member provincial electorates of which one seat is reserved for a female member who occupies the woman’s seat and the other is reserved for the member who occupies the Governor’s seat.
- The female member represents the province but is not the governor
- Her constituency is the women & men of the province
- She sits in the provincial assembly and Parliament
- She is eligible to be appointed as a minister and a chairperson of a parliamentary committee; and
- She may sit in provincial committees and is eligible to vote for and to be elected deputy governor
He clarified that the reserved seats for women would in no way replace the governor’s seat unless the governor is given a ministerial portfolio, then she is eligible to be elected as governor. “