The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Personnel in India recommends reducing the minimum age to contest national elections or Lok Sabha from 25 to 18 years old.

The committee also suggests lowering the minimum age requirement for candidacy in assembly elections to give equal opportunities to young individuals to engage in democracy.

According to the present legal framework, a person should be at least 25 years old to contest Lok Sabha and assembly polls. The minimum age to become a member of Rajya Sabha and state legislative council is 30 years.

For ‘national elections’ or Lok Sabha polls, it specifically recommended reducing the minimum age to contest from the present 25 years to 18.

Parliamentary panel suggests reducing age to contest Lok Sabha, assembly polls.

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