Constitution Review: Reps pass 27 bills out of 34


The House, however, voted against power devolution to give more legislative powers to states and the removal of the Land Use Act from the Constitution.

Two hundred and forty votes are required for an amendment to be passed at the house.

However, the lawmakers approved the #NotTooYoungtoRun bill, which reduced the age qualifications for the offices of the president, governor, senator, member House of Reps and member of a state assembly.

The House further voted in favour of an amendment to the constitution to disqualify any candidate from being declared victor of any election by the law courts, particularly where he or she neither participated nor canvassed for votes.

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Other sections of the fourth amendment of the 1999 Constitution being ammended include the Bill on Financial autonomy of state legislature, Bill to abrogate state joint local government accounts, Bill to strengthen local government administration, Bill for timely passage of bills on the matter of Presidential assent, among others.

The House voting exercise was merely to establish concurrence with the earlier position of the Senate which voted Tuesday on the proposed amendment.

It even went further to reject some important amendments passed by the senate such as electoral reform for local government, as well as separation of the office of attorney-general at state and federal level, from office of the minister/commissioner for justice.

Drama occurred on the floor of the National House of Representative on Thursday, July 27, when female lawmakers protested against result of a voting on amendments of women's right to choose either their citizenship or indigeneship by birth or marriage. At the end, the bill, largely supported by women members suffered a defeat as it couldn't garner the two-thirds majority needed to scale through. Spokesman of the House, Hon.