#NotTooYoungToRun Nigerian Youths Protest To Have Age Qualification For Presidency Reduced To 30
On Tuesday 25th of July 2017, Some Nigerians youths protested at the National Assembly in Abuja, shutting down the main entrance after security officials allegedly denied them access.
According to reports, the protesters were members of the ‘I support #NotTooYoungToRun’ movement who seek a constitutional backing for young Nigerians to be able to vie for elective positions.
The “Not Too Young to Run” bill seeks to lower the constitutional age of requirement for running for elective office in Nigeria.
It was rumored that the Senate had last week, July 20, dropped the bill, but the Senate on Saturday released statement saying the bill is still under consideration.
Under the current constitution, the age of qualification to be allowed to run for Presidency is 40 and above, 35 for Senate and State Governors, and 30 for House of Representatives and State House of Assembly.
The bill seeks to reduce this ages to 30 for Presidency, 30 for Senate and State Governors, and 25 for both House of Representatives and State House of Assembly.
According to Punch, the House of Representatives will vote to decide the fate of the bill on Wednesday.