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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Senate Passes ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill

    The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to reduce the age limit required to run for elective positions in government.
    The bill which was passed following 86 Senators voted in support of the bill, 10 voted against it, while 1 lawmaker abstained.

    The bill, referred to as “Not too young to run”, seeks to alter sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which entails reducing age limits as requirements for the office of the President from 40 years to 35 years; Governor from 35 years to 30 years; Senate from 35 to 30; House of Representatives from 30 years to 25.
    The bill also stipulates that 25-year-old people, can now legislate in the National and State Assemblies across the country.
    For the bill to, however, take effect, it needs the endorsement of 24 State Assemblies and presidential assent.
    Also voted for is the bill to introduce independent candidacy into Nigeria’s electoral process which had 82 Senators voting in support.
    Over 30 bills were voted on as part of its constitution review process.
    Key amongst the bills passed was the 35% affirmative action for women as ministers which earned 49 votes in support as against the 43 against.
    Immunity for legislators for acts in course of duties  received 93 votes while one was against.

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