The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable for the recall of the senator representing Kogi west, Dino Melaye on Monday.
The commission wrote a letter on June 22 to Dino Melaye to inform him that it had fixed July 3 for the announcement of the details of his recall process.
The lawmaker had gone to the court to challenge the bid to eject him from the upper legislative chamber.
His counsel, Mike Ozekhome, had asked an Abuja high court to issue an order of injunction restraining INEC from commencing the process.
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But in a statement on Monday, INEC said the process of verifying the voters who endorsed the bid to remove Melaye would take place between July 10 and August 19.
|1||Notice of Verification||10th July 2017||To be posted at the constituency (INEC LGA Office Lokoja)|
|2||Last day for submission of application by interested observers||31st July 2017||INEC Headquarters|
|3||Last day for submission of names of verification agents for the member sought to be recalled and the petitioners||10th August 2017||By a letter addressed and submitted to the REC indicating the Polling Unit verification agents arranged by LGAs as well as collation agents and where they will serve|
|4||Stakeholders meeting||15th August 2017||INEC State office|
|5||Conduct of Verification||19th August 2017||To be held in all Polling Units in the constituency|
|6||Declaration of the outcome of verification||19th August 2017||At the Constituency (INEC LGA Office Lokoja)|
INEC said the process of verifying the voters who endorsed the bid to remove Melaye would take place between July 10 and August 19.
A total of 188,588 registered voters in Kogi west signed the petition for Melaye’s recall.
According to the electoral act, one-half of the number of registered voters in a constituency is required for the recall of a lawmaker.
There are 360,098 registered voters in Kogi west and 188,588 represents a little more than one-half required.
The next step after the verification is the conduct of a referendum.
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In the statement signed by Augusta Ogakwu, secretary of the commission, INEC said subject to the outcome of the verification exercise, it shall issue a timetable for the referendum.
Dino Melaye, realising that the process had gained momentum initially boasted that it would end in futility, changed his stance by going spiritual.
In a series of tweets, the controversial legislator said he is a child of God and that those who “didn’t call me cannot recall me”.
Melaye has raised the alarm that many of the signatures on the recall list were forged and that names of dead people are there.