House of Reps backs power devolution, reduced ages for elective offices

Constitution Of Nigeria

House of Representatives has passed a bill reducing the age for contesting for elective offices in the country in the ongoing clause-by-clause voting on the amended 1999 constitution.

The bill stipulates 35 years as the minimum for aspirants for the post of president, and 30 years for the posts of governor and senators.

261 members of the House supported the bill, 23 opposed it, while two members abstained.

Members of the House also approved the devolution of powers from federal government to the state governments with 210 backing it and 71 opposing it.

Also, 291 members voted for autonomy for the local government, while 12 opposed it and one abstained.

The members of the House also voted for the Independent National Electoral Commission to take over the conduct of local government polls from the State Independent Electoral Commission.

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