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Reserved parliamentary seats for women gets 25-year extension

  • Published at 09:18 pm July 8th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:32 pm July 8th, 2018
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Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq moved the bill in the House seeking to keep the provision to secure reserve seats for women in parliament.

The parliament on Sunday unanimously passed a bill to extend the tenure of the 50 parliamentary seats reserved exclusively for women for 25 more years.

The Constitution (17th Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed by 298-0 vote as the speaker put it on division vote in the House.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq moved the bill in the House seeking to keep the provision to secure reserve seats for women in parliament.

The bill was placed in parliament on April 10 and sent to the respective Parliamentary Standing Committee for further scrutiny.

Nine MPs belonging to the Jatiya Party and independent camp also placed motions to include some provisions in the bill. All the proposals were rejected in voice vote (295-0) as the ruling Awami League refused to accept any of them.

As per the constitution, the parliament shall consist of 300 members to be elected directly and 50 reserved seats for women to be allotted to parties based on their proportional representation in the House.

The existing 10-year tenure of the reserved seats is going to expire very soon.

According to the draft bill, the 25-year period of the reserved seats will be counted from the first day of the 11th parliament.

In 2004, the 8th parliament extended the tenure of the reserved seats by 10 years through a constitutional amendment, which came into effect in the 9th parliament, which sat on January 25, 2009.

The 8th parliament increased the number of reserved seats from 30 to 45, while the 9th parliament raised it to 50.