OrderPaperToday – 578 of the 1901 candidates contesting seats for the 109 senatorial districts in the country possess only Secondary School Examination Certificate.

This figure amounts to thirty percent of the candidates cleared to contest by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

An analysis of the cleared list of candidates recently released by the electoral umpire showed that of this school cert holders, Delta state has the highest number of this cluster at 45.5%; followed Adamawa state 44.1%; and Bayelsa state with 43.1%.

In other categories of educational qualifications, 376 of the senatorial candidates have Ordinary Diploma/National Certificate of Education (NCE) certificate and equivalents as their highest qualification.

718 (representing 37.76%) of the candidates have university degrees/Higher National Diploma (HND) as their highest qualification; while 45 of them (2.3%) possess Doctorate of Philosophy (PHD) degrees.

Section 65(2a) of the 1999 constitution states the qualification required for election into the senate thus: “A person shall be qualified for election under subsection (1) of this section if: (a) he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”

However, to complement any academic shortcoming on them, senators are at liberty to appoint individuals of their choice as legislative aides.

A Senator is entitled to appointment of a Legislative Aide; Senior Legislative Aide, Legislative Aide, a Clerk and a Secretary.

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