Barely 24 hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) got a petition to recall Senator Dino Melaye from his Kogi West constituents, July 3 was set as the commencement date for the recall process of the senator.
INEC has also notified the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District of the petition seeking his recall.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the electoral body acknowledged the receipt of the petition submitted on Wednesday by the electorate from Melaye’s district.
The statement signed by Mallam Mohammed Haruna, a National Commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee said:
“INEC has set 3rd July date for the commencement of the verification exercise to ascertain the authenticity of the signatories.”
The date for the verification, he said, was arrived at INEC’s weekly meeting where the issue was discussed yesterday.
The statement further reads:
“The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held its regular weekly meeting today (yesterday) and considered the petition submitted by some registered voters from Kogi West Senatorial District to kick start the proces 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 reciept of the petition to the petitioners’ representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our reciept 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.”
Source: The Nation