- The Senate has passed the bill which seeks age reduction for elective offices in Nigeria
- The Nigerian Senate has reduced the minimum age for the office of president to 35
- The new bill has also reduced the age for the office of governor or senators to 30
The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, July 26, passed a bill which proposes 35-years as the minimum age for the office of the president.
Now Nigerian youths can contest for the post of governor or senators at the age of 30, away from the initial 40 and 35 years limit mandated by the 1999 constitution.
Legit.ng gathered that the bill goes on to stipulate that 25-year-olds can now legislate in the national and state assemblies in Nigeria.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that on Tuesday, July 25, the Senate received a 33-item report on the fourth alteration of the constitution.
The report which calls for huge changes in the constitution was presented by the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.
One major change being proposed is the alteration bill which seems to be in tandem with the “not too young to run” movement in Nigeria, seeking improved access for the Nigerian youth in government.
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NOTE: For the bill to take effect, it needs the endorsement of 24 state assemblies and presidential assent. Senate's approval is just one of the steps required to amend the constitution.
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