Nigerian Senate Passes ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill
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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, passed the Not Too Young To Run bill.
The much-anticipated bill, seeks age reduction for elective offices in the country. After an electronic vote, 86 Senators showed their support, while 10 were against it. One lawmaker abstained. This now means Nigerian youths can contest for President at the age of 35 and Governor or Senators at the age of 30. It is a change from the initial 40 and 35 years limit respectively, which was mandated by the constitution. 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.