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Nigeria: The Age to be a Candidate for General Elections Revised Downward

The announcement was made by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 29th. He said he would approve a law that lowers the age to run for election in Nigeria. By 2019, we will be able to see young candidates in general elections.

In his speech on the occasion of the day of democracy on Tuesday, May 29, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari said ” In the coming days, many promising young Nigerians will join me for the signing of the law: No too young to be a candidate “.

It is in 2017 that this law was put on the table. Both Houses of Parliament adopted it. Second, two-thirds of the legislatures approved this law. There remains only the head of state.


In the text, there is talk of reducing the age of 40 to 35 years minimum to be a candidate for the presidential election. For the senatorial or governor election, the age goes from 35 to 30 years. Members of the National Assembly and State Assemblies must be at least 25 years old.

In this country with about 180 million inhabitants, more than half are under 30 years old. This law aims to encourage young people to take an interest in politics.

At 75, President Muhammadu Buhari hopes to win a second term in February 2019. But, his state of health seems to be a problem. In recent months, he has been treated in London for a disease that remains unknown.


Written by How Africa

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