“It will take a minimum of two years. Just like the delimitation process... a commission or a committee it will take two to two-and-a-half years from now. The process is such," Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said in a news agency report.
However, Moily assured that the reservation of seats and the identification of 181 of the 543 seats for women will 'definitely' take place before the coming Lok Sabha in 2014.
Briefing on the process, Moily said that the President has to sign the Bill after it is passed in the Lok Sabha, following which it would be sent for ratification to all the states.
Moily said that the ratification process may take around nine months as it requires at least 14 of the 28 States to ratify the legislation for it to become a law.
After the Bill is ratified by the states, an ordinary legislation in the line of of a delimitation law for charting the roadmap of how to go about the process will have to be enacted.
At this stage the Election commission would be brought in and a commission will constituted, which will be responsible for drawing the parameters for delineating the constituencies and earmarking them for women.
The Constitution Amendment Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Mar 9.
Besides the reservation of seats in the Lok Sabha, the Bill seeks 1,370 reservation of seats for women out of 4,109 seats in 28 Assemblies.
The principle of the Bill is also applicable to the reservation of seats for the ST/Sc candidates.
Rotation of seats reserved for women at the end of every Lok Sabha the term also comes under the provision of the Bill.