Nov 3, 2014


The Red Chamber
This is the 3rd article in a series of posts informing about the constitutional requirements for contesting elections in Nigeria, the first article was on the constitutional requirements for contesting presidential elections in Nigeria while the second was on contesting Governorship elections in Nigeria. This post however will be treating the constitutional requirements for contesting elections into the National Assembly. 

You will find the provisions of the law relating to this issue in Sections 65 – 79 of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution. One is qualified for election as a member of the Senate, if he/she is a citizen of Nigeria; has attained the age of 35 years; has been educated up to at least School Certificate level; is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that party. It’s pretty much the same qualifications for contesting in the House of Representatives, except that one must have attained the age of 30 years to be qualified to be a member of the House of Representatives. 
The Green Chamber
  Furthermore, the following Persons are disqualified from being members of the National Assembly;   
  • persons who have voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country; 
  • is a lunatic;
  •  is under a death sentence; 
  • has been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty in 10 years preceding the election or breaching the code of conduct; 
  • is an undischarged bankrupt; has been indicted of embezzlement or fraud; is a member of a secret society; or has forged a certificate to INEC .

For the purpose of Senatorial elections, INEC shall divide each state into 3 senatorial districts and 360 federal constituencies in respect of elections into the House of Representatives. INEC is charged with appointing the date for the elections and every Nigerian who has attained the age of eighteen years shall be entitled to be registered as a voter for the election provided that he/she resides in Nigeria at the time of the registration of voters for purposes of the elections. 

Adedunmade Onibokun, Esq