24 States Pass #NotTooYoungToRun Bill
Twenty-four out of the 36 state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria have passed the #NotTooYoungToRun bill.
The bill, which is part of the process to amend the 1999 constitution, targets the reduction of the minimum age requirement for elective positions in the country.
It was first passed by the senate and the house of representatives in July 2017.
Finally, history made as the constitutional threshold has been met. 24 subnational entities voted YES to #NotTooYoungToRun This is an unprecedented feat. Congratulations to the youth. The struggle continues. Next is Presidential Assent by @MBuhari @NGRPresident pic.twitter.com/iEmtCLktFh
— #NotTooYoungToRun (@DSamsonItodo) February 15, 2018
The latest states to pass the bill are Plateau and Anambra states.
The Ondo state assembly was the first to pass the bill, other states followed closely, including Adamawa, Kwara, Benue, Nasarawa and Borno.
Delta, Enugu, Ekiti, Katsina, Yobe and Gombe also endorsed the bill.
In 2018, more state assemblies passed the bill, namely Bauchi, Jigawa, Ebonyi, and just recently, Kebbi and Akwa Ibom.
Others are, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi, Ogun and Abia.
However, while Taraba state house of assembly voted against the bill, it is currently pending at eleven state assemblies, including Lagos, Oyo, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano and Edo, Bayelsa, Osun, Cross River, Imo and Rivers.
The bill seeks to reduce the age qualification for the office of the president from 40 years to 30 years; age for the office of a state governor from 35 to 30; senate from 35 to 30; house of representatives, from 30 to 25; and state house of assembly, from 30 to 25.
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