Female lawmakers disrupted a proceeding of the House of Representatives.The lawmakers are protesting against losing a vote that allow married women choose her indigeneship by birth or by marriage.Two hundred and forty votes are required for an amendment to be passed at the house but only 208 endorsed it.Drama occurred on the floor of the National House of Representative on Thursday,July 27, when female lawmakers protested against result of a voting on amendments of women's right to choose either their citizenship or indigeneship by birth or marriage.
The Cable reports that the female lawmakers in the house of representatives disrupted a voting on amendments to the 1999 constitution to register their refusal to accept the result of a voting on married women's right to choose her indigeneship by birth or marriage.Two hundred and forty votes are required for an amendment to be passed at the house.Due to some technical glitches with the scoreboard,Yakubu Dogara,the speaker,put the provision to vote again.When the problem was finally fixed and members voted,only 208 endorsed it,this prompted the female lawmakers to stage a protest.
Recall that the Senate on Wednesday voted against amending a section of the constitution to guarantee a married woman's right to choosing either her indigeneship by birth or by marriage for the purposes of appointment or election. The senators voted 49 'yes' and 43 'no'. The two third majority was not reached. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives have embarked on a comprehensive amendment of the Nigerian constitution.The lawmakers have approved autonomy for local governments amongst other major amendments to the constitution. Legislators have also been given immunity in the course of carrying out their duties. The lawmakers also restricted tenures of president, governors who came to power as a result of death to their predecessors to one tenure in office.