Breaking: Senate Approves Reduction of Age for Election, Independent Candidature

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Bukola Saraki

By Eric Elezuo

The Senate on Wednesday approved the the bill seeking the reduction of age for election across all elective positions.

The upper legislative chamber reduced the minimum age for the office of president to 35 as it also reduced the age for the office of governor or senators to 30

This is as the process for review of the constitution gains momentum.

In a motion raised by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu on the bill, known as Bill 27, the Senate voted as follows:

Yes – 86

No – 10

Abstain – 1

Also, the Senate approved independent candidature for the country’s electoral process. The approval on Wednesday was part of the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

Before now, only political parties could sponsor candidates for elections in the country.

The Senate received a 33-item report on the fourth alteration of the constitution. The report which calls for huge changes in the constitution was presented by the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.

Details soon…

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