Ayo Fayose sets new limit for local council election in Ekiti
- Governor Ayodele Fayose noted that the not-too-young-to-run bill which was recently passed by the national assembly has removed the age barrier in elective offices
- He stressed that since youths provide the largest votes during elections, they must be allowed to participate in governance
- According to Fayose, youths should be given prominent roles in the structuring of the future that belongs to them
The governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, has fixed age limits for prospective aspirants into the state’s local council election.
According to reports, the governor has set the age limit at between 18-40 years, thus barring anyone below 18 or above 40 from contesting.
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Legit.ng notes that the new development was made public in a statement released by Lere Olayinka, the governor’s special assistant on new media and public communications.
The statement read in part: "The National Assembly’s passage of the bill that fixed 35 years as the eligibility age for the office of the president, 35 years for governor, 30 for Senate and House of Representatives and 25 for state assemblies, has removed the age barrier in elective offices.
“The bill has reinforced my position on the age limit for local council positions in Ekiti State.
“It is my position that our youths must be allowed to participate in governance since they are the ones who provide the largest votes during elections.
“Most importantly, the future belongs to the youths and I believe that they should be given prominent roles in the structuring of that future that belongs to them.”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Ekiti state governor Ayo Fayose commended the National Assembly for its passage of the bill to reduce the age limits for elective positions in the country.
Fayose, in a statement by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on new media and public communication, however, called for total removal of any age barrier to electoral contests.
Watch this Legit.ng TV video about how protests by youths led to the passage of the not-too-young-to-run bill: