Council of State member urges national debate to review presidential age

| Updated Aug 01, 2018 at 11:37am


Dr Nii Kotei Dzani


A member of the Council of State, Dr Nii Kotei Dzani, has called for a national debate to review the current age of forty (40) years before one qualifies to be elected as President.

Dr. Dzani made the call at the inauguration of the Young Parliamentarians Forum. The Forum is a non-partisan Union of the Parliament of Ghana to further the agenda of young people in the august house.

The current Parliament of Ghana, which is the 7th in the 4th Republic, is made up of relatively younger legislators, as a result of the high number of young new entrants that won the elections in their constituencies.

Ghana’s Parliament currently has 71 MPs below the age of 45, and this accounts for 25.8 percent of the House.

Dr. Dzani, the youngest member on the Council of State said it is about time Ghana followed the example of Canada, France, New Zealand and allowed people younger than age 40 to run for the highest political office of the land as President .

Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Oquaye advised the young parliamentarians to “allow themselves to be mentored and trained, because being ‘too known’ is not a good thing.”

The Speaker registered his support to the Forum with resources from home and abroad, saying that the future belongs to young people.