The Nigerian House of Representatives has passed the first reading Bill seeking to lower the constitutional age requirement for contesting for elections in Nigeria.
The Bill with Gazette number HB. 544 was read and passed for the first time at the House plenary session in May 2016. Hon. Tony Nwulu representing Osodi/Isolo II Federal constituency of Lagos state sponsored the Bill which was referred as #NotTooYoungToRun bill.
The Bill seek to alter the Section 65, 106, 131, 177 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ( as amended) to reduce the age qualification for the office of the President from 40 years to 30 years, Governor 35 to 30, Senate 35 to 30, House of Representatives 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly 30 to 25.
If this constitutional amendment Bill is passed, it will address the rlegal challenge posed to young people seeking to run in elections thereby guaranteeing inclusion in our political process. The amendment will give opportunity to young.
It will also deepen intergenerational dialogue as more youths will gain access to the political process for more adult youth engagement and partnership.
This also means your voice are more close to the government . #ISUPPORTNOTTOOYOUNGTORUN