Surely, this is one piece of legislation that’ll be welcomed by the Nigerian youth. The house of representatives has proposed a change in the constitution to allow for the age limit for running for the presidential office be lowered to 35 years.
The current minimum age for qualification for the contesting is 40.
America, that we like to copy so much, a person must be at least 35 to be President or Vice President, 30 to be a senator and 25 to be a Representative. In the UK, a person must be at least 18 (16 in Scotland) to stand in elections to all parliaments, assemblies, and councils.
Part of the constitutional change may allow Nigerians from the age of 25 to seek elections into state assemblies and House of Representatives, presently, they had to be at least 30. The report, which is scheduled to be considered and adopted through electronic voting on Tuesday and Wednesday, just before the House proceed on its annual recess. It was laid before the House by the Constitution Review Committee led by Lasun Yusuf as part of the fourth alteration of the 1999 constitution.
We mustn’t not knock the House though, as this seems to be a sincere amendment of the 1999 Constitution… at least if not for anything else, it raises the hopes of the Nigerian youth.
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