Reps Reduces age Requirement for Presidency, others to 30yrs

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According to Vanguard, the Bill seeking to reduce the age
qualifications for interested candidates to contest for the positions of President, governor and senate in the country to 30 years yesterday passed second
reading in the House of
The bill, further reduces the age
qualifications to contest for the House of Representatives and State Houses of Assembly to 25 years. The Bill, which is an
alteration of section 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 constitution which had prescribed qualification into the office of President to 40 years and above,  office of governors and senate, 35 years
and above as well as House of
Representatives and state Houses of Assembly to 25 years and above.
In his lead debate, the sponsor of the bill, Tony Chinedu Nwulu representing Oshodi-Isolo 11 Federal Constituency of Lagos State, on platform of Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, noted that
electing candidates into public offices was an important aspect of democratic practices. He stated:
“Countries like the United
Kingdom parliament decided in
2006 to lower their age of
candidacy from 21 to 18, which
had existed since the Parliamentary Elections Act 1695.
An age candidacy of 25 would
encourage greater youth
participation in politics.”


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