ASSESSMENT OF THE NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN LAW ON THE 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA

Theophilus Arebamen Okojie (PhD), Ibrahim Oluwatobi Semiu

Abstract


In Nigeria, as in numerous democracies globally, active political engagement holds significant sway. It profoundly shapes the functioning of governmental affairs within the society, playing a pivotal role in determining the allocation of resources and opportunities among the populace. The exclusion of the youth demographic from political power corridors in numerous democracies has unquestionably sparked widespread concern. This paper thus delves into the 'Not Too Young To Run law,' which was introduced to broaden the scope of youth representation and inclusivity in government. The objective was to ascertain whether the law has effectively promoted youth political participation and representation within the country. This paper adopts the elite theory to assess the success of the Not Too Young To Run Law on the 2023 General Elections in Nigeria while the study utilized discourse analysis which is a qualitative research method that scrutinizes written and spoken content beyond its technical aspects. The study findings reveal a noteworthy surge in youth political involvement, aspirations, and successful emergence into elective positions during the 2023 general elections. This upturn is attributed to the effective implementation of the Not Too Young To Run law in Nigeria, notwithstanding associated challenges. The study recommended that the Too Old To Run bill should be enacted into law, the Independent Candidature bill should be enacted, and the youths should engage in the power structure of political parties and contest for political offices to influence more decisions to favour aspiring youth within their respective parties.


Keywords


Youth, Marginalization, Not Too Young To Run Law, Elections, Nigeria.

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