#NotTooYoungToRun Public Debate
The National Assembly is considering for passage a Bill seeking to lower the constitutional age requirement for contesting for elections in Nigeria. The Bill with gazette number HB. 544 seeks to alter the Section 65, 106, 131, 177 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to reduce the age qualification for the office of the President from 40 years to 30 years; Governor 35 to 30, Senate 35 to 30, House of Representatives 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly 30 to 25 respectively. The Bill also seeks to mainstream independent candidacy into Nigeria’s electoral process. The Bill is sponsored by Hon.Tony Nwulu, Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency II of Lagos state has passed the 2nd reading stage in the House of Representatives. Another Bill sponsored by Hon. Hon. Raphael Igbokwe seeking to make constitutional provisions for youths in appointive positions also passed second reading in the House of Representatives. Through this debate, citizens will amplify their voices on political and legislative reforms.
The public debate is a platform for stakeholders to undertake a critical and incisive analysis of the general principles of the Bill. The debate will assemble seasoned panelists who will analyse the pros and cons of the Bill. The public debate will attempt to answer two fundamental questions;
- Liberalizing the Age requirements for contesting elections in Nigeria: A yes or No?
- Getting Independent candidates on the ballot in Nigeria: Hope or doom for the electoral system?
It’s going to be Hot, Incisive, and Educating. Don’t miss it
Note: This event is FREE. Participants will be responsible for covering logistics associated with attending the event.
The Public debate is hosted by a group of civil society organisations promoting the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign. The organisations include but not limited to the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), Youngstars Foundation, Orodata, Mind Capital, Arican Youth Initiative for Population, Health & Development (Afrypod), The Election Network, Social Good Nigeria, League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LEPAN), Project Pink Blue, TechHerNG
When Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM – Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM (WAT) –
Where Abuja – Abuja, FCT –