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CSOs Strategise To Tackle Slow Pace of Constitution Review

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Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) this week, converged to discuss the National Assembly’s Constitution Review efforts. The meeting organised by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) with support from the European Union, examined the issues up for deliberation in the Constitution Review efforts, and worked out strategies to achieve passage of critical bills. The meeting had in attendance, the technical team of both the Senate and House Committees on Constitution Review and CSOs. The meeting identified critical areas where bills are in consideration including local government reform, reserved seats for women in the legislature, electoral reform, judicial reform, among others. The meeting however, worried about the slow pace of the 9th Assembly’s Constitution review efforts. Concern is heightened by the approaching elections. With elections set to happen in February 2023 and the primaries of political parties just about six months away, there is worry that unless the National Assembly prioritises its Constitution review efforts, expectations may fail.