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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

INEC adamant pastes notice of Melaye’s recall process

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday pasted the notice of the verification of the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye, who is from Kogi West Senatorial District, at its state office in Lokoja.

The commission chose to go ahead with the process based on precedents and judicial pronouncements.
The National Commissioner of INEC in charge of North-Central, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, said the Court of Appeal had since 2001 decided that a court cannot stop the recall of a lawmaker.
The commission pasted the notice at the state office of INEC in Lokoja as early as 10am.
Melaye’s recall will run from July 10 to August 19.
The notice, dated July 3rd, 2017, reads in part: “In exercise of the powers conferred on the Independent National Electoral Commission(“the Commission”) by Sections 69 and 110 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999(as amended); Section 116 of the Electoral  Act 2010(as amended) and of all the powers enabling it in that behalf, the Commission hereby issues this timetable schedule of activities for the recall of the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Kogi State.”
The details of the timetable are as follows:
  • Notice of Verification (10th July, 2017). To be posted at the constituency (INEC LGA office, Lokoja).
  • Last day for submission of application by interested observers (31st July 2017). INEC headquarters.
  • 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 Resident Electoral Commission (REC) indicating the Polling Unit verification agents arranged by LGAs as well as collation agents and where they will serve.
  • Stakeholders meeting (15th August, 2017). INEC State Office.
  • Conduct of Verification (19th August, 2017). To be held in the Polling Units in the constituency.
“The commission shall issue the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of referendum subject to the outcome of the verification exercise.

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