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Constitution Review: ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Movement marches to the National Assembly

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As the National Assembly prepares to vote on constitutional amendment clauses from Tuesday the 25th of July 2017, the Not Too Young To Run (NTYTR) movement will embark on a National Day of Action on the Not Too Young To Run Bill to mobilize support for the passage of the proposed amendment on age requirement for running for elective office. The National Day of Action will begin on Tuesday 25, July 2017 at 8am at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.

Section 9 of the 1999 Constitution as amended clearly outlines the procedure for amending the constitution. By virtue of that section, any proposed amendment to the constitution must be supported by two-thirds majority of all the members in the Senate and House of Representatives. Also, any amendment passed by the Senate and House must be approved by a resolution of not less than two-thirds of all the states. For the Not Too Young To Run amendment to pass, it will require an affirmative vote of a minimum of seventy-two (72) Senators and two hundred and forty (240) honorable members. It will also require an affirmative vote of 24 state assemblies.

The movement enjoins citizens to participate in the march to mobilize legislators to vote YES for the proposed amendment on Not Too Young To Run. This is a right and not a privilege.

The movement commends the National Assembly for enlisting the Not Too Young To Run as one of the proposed amendments to the constitution that will be considered this week. As the National Assembly votes on the amendments, we urge them to be guided by the interests of the people. The interest of WE THE PEOPLE’ must be respected. As true representatives of the people they should be guided by good conscience, equity and justice. We are optimistic the 8th Assembly will answer this great call of history and remove constitutional impediments to increased youth participation in the political process.

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1. Activista
2. Abuja Global Shapers
3. African Youth Initiative on Population, Health & Development (AfrYPoD)
4. Connected Development [CODE]
5. The Election Network
6. League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LEPAN)
7. MindCapital
8. The Nigerian Youth Parliament
9. Orodata
10. Project Pink Blue
11. Social Good Nigeria
12. TechHer NG
13. The YALI Network
14. Youngstars Foundation
15. Youth Hub Africa
16. Youth Initiative Advocacy Growth & Advancement (YIAGA)
17. Amplified Radio
18. Media Insight
19. Say No Campaign
20. Vision Alive Foundation, Abia
21. Youth Initiative for Better Change, Adamawa
22. Young Activists Initiative Nigeria, Akwa Ibom
23. Integrity Youth Development Initiative, Anambra
24. Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Bayelsa
25. The Bridge Youth Development Foundation, Benue
26. Exit Lanes, Borno
27. After School Centre for Career Development, Cross River
28. DIG Foundation, Ebonyi
29. Connected Advocacy, Edo
30. Inspiration Care Centre, Ekiti
31. New Century Initiative, Enugu
32. Dandalin Matasa Initiative for Rapid Development, Gombe
33. Development Dynamics, Imo
34. Centre for Environmental Research and Development, Jigawa
35. One Project Afrika. Kaduna
36. Centre for Advocacy in Gender and Social Inclusion, Kano
37. Youth Entrepreneurship Support Hub, Katsina
38. Youth Consensus Forum, Kebbi
39. Youth Emancipation for the Society (ProjectYES), Kogi
40. Brain Builders International, Kwara
41. Grassroots Mobilization Initiative, Nasarawa
42. Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, Niger
43. Youth Future Savers Initiatives, Ogun
44. Youth Aglow Initiative, Ondo
45. Kimpact Development Initiative, Osun
46. Young Care Initiative, Oyo
47. Centre for Youth Participation Advocacy, Plateau
48. Golden Star Development Initiative, Sokoto
49. Rural Integrated Development Initiative, Taraba
50. North East Youth Initiative Forum, Yobe
51. Golden Stars Development Initiative, Zamfara
52. Modaville Centre for Development, Lagos
53. National Organization for Citizens Orientation (NOCO), Rivers State.
54. Nigerian Youth Action (NYA), Rivers State, Nigeria

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