Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the recall process of Senator Dino MELAYE member representing Kogi West senatorial district,
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner ( REC ), Prof. James Apam, the verification exercise which is the first in line of activities to be carried out in a recall process will kick start on 28th April, 2018 in 560 Polling Units in Kogi West senatorial district, adding that out of 560 there were no petitions in eight polling units.
The declaration of the out come of the exercise will be done at the INEC local government area Office in Lokoja on the 29th April 2018.
Apam disclosed this at Confluence Hotel Lokoja during the stakeholders meeting for the process of recall verification of Senator Dino Melaye, saying that no fewer than 1680 INEC a dhow staff would be taking part in the verification exercise .
He recalled that some time last year some constituents of Kogi West senatorial district signed a petition to recall their representative in the senate.
Apam maintained that INEC in line with the provisions of the constitution and the electoral Act was in the process of initiating the recall when Melaye challenged it in court up to the Court of Appeal which halted the process by an injunction pending the determination of the case. He added that recently the court has given INEC the go ahead to carry out the exercise .
He also said the exercise is going to be like the normal election and that INEC is ready to carry out the exercise in every polling units on that day, adding that the law says that more than 50 percent plus vote of those who signed the petition will vote on that day.
Also when Apam was reminded of the Senator’s current predicament and the possibilities that he might not be readily available during the verification exercise as his presence is highly important, the REC claimed unaware of the situation on ground.
Lending his voice Mohammed Haruna said INEC has absolutely no interest on who wins or loses, and that INEC is here strictly for the order of the day.
Haruna also disclosed that they have their guideline and would strictly adhere to their guideline.