Convention wants age ceiling of 75 for presidential candidates

THE just-ended national constitution convention agreed that under the new constitution, anyone above the age of 75 should not be allowed to run for Republican president.

None of the 10 provinces made that proposal during provincial conventions, but the executive and legislature committee of the national convention introduced it.

On the qualifications of a presidential candidate, article 97 (1) of the first draft constitution states that: “A person qualifies to be nominated as candidate for election as President if that person – (d) is not less than thirty-five years of age.

But the executive and legislature committee of the national constitution convention added a cap on the age by providing that a president can only serve up to the age of 75, and that if one is elected when they are 74, they can only serve up to 80 years; thereby providing for only one term of office.