INEC Releases Timetable for Melaye’s Recall Process

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, on Wednesday announced time-table for commencement of the recall process of the member representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kogi State, Prof. James Apam stated in Lokoja, that following the appeal court ruling that INEC can commence the recall process, the commission has fixed the last Saturday of April, 2018 as the verification date.
It fixed the first Saturday of May 2018, for the referendum to be conducted in line with the electoral laws.
Apam who spoke during a stakeholders forum in the state capital, said the process begins with thr invite all the electorate that signed the recall register to come forward and identify their signature”.
According to him, if the process is successful, the commission will proceed to the next stage where a referendum of all registered voters would be conducted.
He continued: “Here, voters will be asked to vote either Yes or No, to the question of whether they want Senator Dino Melaye recalled.
“If the answer is able to meet the constitutional requirements of 51 percent Yes, the process moves to the next stage, but if it fails, the process stops”.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, had last week ruled against Melaye’s suit challenging the move to recall him.
“As a law abiding people, INEC will not do anything outside the dictate of the law. That is why we have to wait till after the judgement before going ahead with the process”, Apam said.
On the continuous voters registration, he said that 210,000 Permanent Voters Cards were ready for collection, and employed the owners to collect them.

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