Not Too Young To Run: Nigerian lawmakers reduce age to run for elective offices

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Nigeria’s Senate passed the Not Too Young To Run bill, report says.

The bill seeks to reduce the acceptable age limit for people running for elective offices in the country. According to report, it will reduce the age to run for the office of the President from 40 to 30, Governor from 35 to 30, and House of Representatives and House of Assembly from 30 to 25.

Earlier, a coalition of youth organisations had protested against an alleged removal of the bill from the report of the House and Senate Committee on Constitution Review.

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, the House of Representatives also passed the bill, another report reveals.

The bill received massive support at the House of Representatives. A total of 261 members of the House of Representatives voted in support, 23 members voted against and 2 members abstained.

A group of Nigerians have commended the passage of the bill. This group, under the banner of Concerned Nigerians, said the time has come for young Nigerians to takeover power. They urge the youth to do everything humanly possible within the confine of the law to seize power.

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