Members of the House of Representatives will on Wednesday commence voting on amendments to the 1999 Constitution. One of the amendments intends to lower the age qualification for presidential aspirants to 30 years.
Under the extant Section 65, the age requirement to contest an election to the Senate is 35 years. For the House of Representatives, it is 30 years. 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. While 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.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazak Namdas, told PUNCH on Monday that the voting on the recommendations was a mandatory constitutional requirement to give legal teeth to a new constitution.