A Bill seeking to amend the nineteen ninety nine constitution and limit the tenure of an acting president or governor to a single term, has passed the second reading at the House of Representatives .
The amendment bill is sponsored by the Deputy Speaker and Chairman, Special House Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, YUSSUFF LASUN.
The bill provides that no person who had held office of president or governor of a state, or acted as president or governor of a state for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president or governor, shall be elected to the office of president or governor of a state more than once.
The aim of the bill is to give constitutional protection to the two term tradition as contemplated by virtue of the combined provisions of sections 137 sub-section (1)(b) and 182 subsection (1)(b) of the Constitution.
If the bill is passed, an acting president or acting governor who served for more than two years in a four-year term, shall only be eligible to contest election to the same office only once.