A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Not Too Young To Run movement has commended the National Assembly and the lawmakers who pushed for the passage of the bill seeking to reduce the age for running for the office of the President from 40 to 35; Governor 35 to 30; House of Representatives 30 to 25; and State of house of assembly 30 to 25.
In a statment signed by a coalition of 54 civil societies and made available to our correspodent, the Movement described the passage of the bill as a positive development in our great country’s democratic progress.
The statment in part as follow:
“We commend the 86 senators who voted in support of the bill and the 261 members of the House of Representatives who passed the constitutional amendment to reduce the age for contesting elections on July 26 and July 27, 2017 respectively. The movement also commends the National Assembly for passing the clause to mainstream independent candidacy into our electoral system.
“The #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign has been driven by young citizens who are united by a common interest and common values and the journey so far has revealed the undeniable potentials in young Nigerians to commit to democratic development and passionately promote its values and our dear country Nigeria.
“Our success at the National Assembly will be futile if we lose the support of the State Houses of Assembly to pass the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill on age reduction for elective offices and independent candidacy which are currently numbered bills 14 and 27 respectively.
“We are resolute in our belief in democracy and Nigeria and are confident that the more we have young Nigerians, citizens lend their voices in support of the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill, the better our opportunities in achieving at two-third majority YES VOTE on the age reduction Bill and the Independent candidacy Bill at the State level.
“We hereby ardently call on the State Houses of Assembly to join the 8th National Assembly in writing their names in gold by supporting the bills once they are transmitted to states.
We also call on citizens to contact their representatives at the State Assemblies and seek their commitment to vote in support of the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill.
“We urge citizens to be vigilant and reach out to their legislators to ensure the outcome of this constitution review process is a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians.