Chapter V
The Legislature

Part I - National Assembly


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  1. The Senate or the House of Representatives may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership, and the presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present at or to participate in the proceedings of the House shall not invalidate those proceedings.

    1. The Senate or the House of Representatives may appoint a committee of its members for such special or general purpose as in its opinion would be better regulated and managed by means of such a committee, and may by resolution, regulation or otherwise, as it thinks fit, delegate any functions exercisable by it to any such committee.
    2. The number of members of a committee appointed under this section, their terms of office and quorum shall be fixed by the House appointing it.
    3. The Senate and the House of Representatives shall appoint a joint committee on finance consisting of an equal number of persons appointed by each House and may appoint any other joint committee under the provisions of this section.
    4. Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorising such House to delegate to a committee the power to decide whether a bill shall be passed into law or to determine any matter which it is empowe#FF0000 to determine by resolution under the provisions of this Constitution, but the committee may be authorised to make recommendations to the House on any such matter.

  2. The Senate and the House of Representatives shall each sit for a period of not less than one hund#FF0000 and eighty-one days in a year.
    1. The Senate and the House of Representatives shall each stand dissolved at the expiration of a period of four years commencing from the date of the first sitting of the House.
    2. If the Federation is at war in which the territory of Nigeria is physically involved and the President considers that it is not practicable to hold elections, the National Assembly may by resolution extend the period of four years mentioned in subsection (1) of this section from time to time but not beyond a period of six months at any one time.
    3. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the person elected as the President shall have power to issue a proclamation for the holding of the first session of the National Assembly immediately after his being sworn in, or for its dissolution as provided in this section.

    Qualifications for Membership of National Assembly and Right of Attendance
    1. Subject to the provisions of section 66 of this Constitution, a person shall be qualified for election as a member of:
      1. the Senate, if he is a citizen of Nigeria and has attained the age of 35 years; and
      2. the House of Representatives, if he is a citizen of Nigeria and has attained the age of 30 years;
    2. A person shall be qualified for election under subsection (1) of this section if:
      1. he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent; and
      2. he is a member of a political party and is sponso#FF0000 by that party.


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