INEC Unveils New Timetable for Melaye’s Recall


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released another timetable for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district.

Augusta C. Ogakwu, the commission’s secretary, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday revealing that the recall process will commence on October 3, 2017, with the notice of verification.

The last day for the submission by observers will take place October 5, while the publication of the list of accredited observers will commence October 9.

According to INEC, the conduct of verification will take place on October 14 in all polling units in the district.

According to the electoral act, one-half of the number of registered voters in a constituency is required for the recall of a lawmaker.

A total number of 188,588 registered voters from 360,098 in Kogi west, a little more than one-half required, were said to have signed the petition for Melaye’s recall.

THEWILL recalls that a previous timetable was stalled by Melaye who went to the court to challenge the bid to eject him from the upper legislative chamber.

Mike Ozekhome, his counsel, got an Abuja High Court to issue an order of injunction restraining INEC from commencing the process.

However, a Federal High Court in Abuja, last week, asked INEC to proceed with the process of recalling the lawmaker from the Senate.

Source: TheWill


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