INEC Releases Timetable For Senator Melaye’s Recall

INEC Releases Timetable For Senator Melaye’s Recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, with the process set to start on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

A statement released by INEC on Friday, which was signed by its Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, contained the timetable and schedule of activities for the recall process.

The schedule of activities is expected to commence with the posting of the notice of verification at the commission’s office in Lokoja, Kogi State and end with the declaration of the outcome of the verification on April 29, 2018.

INEC said it had proceeded with the move pursuant to a judgment by the Court of Appeal, Abuja, delivered on March 16, 2018.

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The statement said, “Pursuant to the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, delivered on March 16, 2018, the Independent National Electoral Commission hereby issues this timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Kogi State.

“The process will begin on March 27, 2018, with the posting of the notice of verification at the commission’s local government area office in Lokoja, Kogi State and end with the declaration of the outcome of the verification on April 29, 2018.”

The commission stressed that it was exercising its powers as conferred on it 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 other powers enabling it in that behalf.”

Also, according to the statement, April 4 is set as the last day for submission of application by interested observers, while April 20 is set as the last day for the submission of the names of verification agents for the member sought to be recalled and the petitioners.

Furthermore, there is expected to be a stakeholders’ meeting on April 25 at INEC’s state office; conduct of verification on April 28 in all polling units in the constituency and declaration of the outcome of verification on April 29 at the commission’s local government area office in Lokoja.

INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, had last week said the commission would release a fresh timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of Melaye.

Some constituents from Kogi West, where the senator hails from, had last year moved to recall him by registering their names and submitting photocopies of their Permanent Voter Cards.

Last week, the Court of Appeal threw out the senator’s suit challenging the move to recall him, but he had vowed to proceed to the Supreme Court in a bid to stop INEC from proceeding with the process.

Meanwhile, the committee set up by the chairman of the INEC to investigate alleged underage voting during the local government election in Kano State last month has submitted its report.

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said this in a statement on Friday.

According to the statement, the report was received by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in his office.

The eight-member committee, which was headed by a National Commissioner, Abubakar Nahuche, was set up on February 21, 2018, to ascertain if the voter register requested by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission was actually used in the local government election.

It was also asked to meet with stakeholders on issues relating to the use of the voter register in the election and make any other recommendations which, in the opinion of the committee, are relevant to its assignment.

The INEC boss, who received the report, said the commission would consider and share the details with the public in due course.

INEC and the election management body in Kano State came under fire when pictures of children voting in the election surfaced on social media.

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