Women hoping to join Parliament will have to face elections if proposals made by MPs and political party leaders are approved by the House.
A two-day weekend meeting to discuss mechanisms to achieve gender parity in the General Election returned a unanimous decision that direct nomination of women to Parliament should be reduced as much as possible to encourage women to run for election and face competition.
Those who held this view, mainly male MPs, argued that the nomination process has been abused by political party leaders appointing their friends, associates and allies.
They argued that deserving women, especially those who work with communities, are left out in favour of friends of party leaders.
Read more at Daily Nation, published 8 September 2012.