THE House of Representatives has voted against a bill seeking to create additional seats for women in the National and States Assemblies.
The bill, which is part of the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution, was rejected when it was put to voting on the floor of the Green Chamber on Tuesday.
Two hundred and nine members rejected it while eighty one voted in its favour.
The bill was sponsored by Nkeiruka Onyejeocha from Abia State and 85 other lawmakers.
It sought to alter some sections of the 1999 constitution that stipulate the composition of the Senate, House of Representatives and state houses of assembly.
It also sought to create two federal constituency seats reserved only for women.
Section 48 (1b) of the bill seeks the provision of “an additional senator for each state and for the federal capital territory, who shall be a woman”.
Section 49 (1b) would also provide for “two additional members for each state and for the federal capital territory, who shall be women”.
Onyejeocha had argued before her colleagues that women only occupied five per cent of the seats in the National Assembly.
Onyejeocha said more than 130 countries have adopted different measures (or quota system) to address women’s under-representation.