House Of Representatives To Ban 70-Year-Olds From Contesting Elections

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The Nigerian House of Representatives is said to be deliberating whether to ban politicians above the age of 70 from contesting for the country’s elective political offices.
This bill was sponsored by Deputy Chief Whip, Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, seeking to amend relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution in order to put a check on the age and educational qualifications of politicians.House Of Representatives To Ban 70-Year-Olds From Contesting ElectionsThe bill also proposed an amendment to Section 65(2a) of the Principal Act by substituting the words ‘School Certificate’ with ‘Higher National Diploma’ and ‘First Degree’ immediately after the words ‘at least’.
Bill seeks to amend Sections 65(2)a, 106(c), 131(b) and 131(d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) by raising the educational qualifications required for election into the offices of the President, National and State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria“, the proposed legislation reads.
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The bill, which has been referred to the Special Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase for further legislative action is said to have agitated that Section 131(b) of the Constitution will be amended by adding the words ‘but is not beyond Seventy years’ immediately after the words ‘forty years’.
House of Representatives Deputy Chief Whip, Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha
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