The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has written Senator Dino Melaye, notifying him that it has received a petition for his recall.
The election umpire said it would kick start the process of recall, adding “INEC will on the 3rd of July, 2017 issue a public notice stating the day(s), time, location and other details for the verification exercise,”
Representatives of Kogi West Senatorial District had on Wednesday submitted six bags containing over 100,000 signatures requesting that Melaye be recalled as his people had lost confidence in him.
Melaye had laughed off the move to recall him, describing it as a hoax and a comedy of error.
In a statement by its spokesperson on Thursday, INEC confirmed it had received the petition and written the senator about it.
INEC’s letter to Melaye said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held its regular weekly meeting today and considered the petition submitted by some registered voters from Kogi West Senatorial District to kickstart the process of recalling Senator Dino Melaye.
“In accordance with the INEC guidelines for the recall of members of the National Assembly, the Commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of the petition to the petitioners’ representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our receipt of the petition.
“The next step is to verify that the petitioners are registered voters in the Kogi West Senatorial District.
“INEC will, on the 3rd of July, 2017 issue a public notice stating the day(s), time, location and other details for the verification exercise, ” the letter stated.