Members of the House of Representatives will on Wednesday, 26 July, commence voting on amendments to the 1999 Constitution. One of the amendments is reducing the age qualification for presidential aspirants to 30 years.
Also as part of the amendment, is the reduction of the age bar on other leadership positions like Vice-President, state governors and members of the National Assembly, according to the proposal.
Meanwhile, under the extant Section 65, the age requirement to contest an election to the Senate is 35 years, while for the House of Representatives, it is 30 years, while in Section 106, the age requirement to contest a state House of Assembly seat is 30 years.
For the office of the President, the extant provision in Section 131 is 40 years, and for the office of the governor of a state, the qualification in the extant Section 177 is 35 years.
The proposed amendment also recommends that a Vice-President or deputy governor, whose principal dies in office, shall be entitled to only one tenure after completing the tenure of the deceased.
The recommendations, among others, are in the report of the House Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review, which was laid before the House on Thursday.
The committee, which is headed by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Yussuff Lasun, compiled all bills/proposals for amendments to the constitution in line with the legislative agenda of the 8th House.
While speaking on the development, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazak Namdas, said “It is true that we are considering our report on constitution review this week. The first step, which was the committee stage, was completed and we now have the proposals before us.
“But, more importantly, we have to endorse them or even reject them for the process to continue.
“Besides the voting and adoption of the recommendations, there is the next phase involving the approval of state Houses of Assembly.
“Good a thing in this review exercise, there has been some synergy between the state assemblies and the National Assembly.
“This is a move to ensure a smooth sailing for the recommendations when they get to the state level”, he said.