The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally released the timetable for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West).
According to the Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, INEC fixed April 28 for the verification and May 5 for the referendum following the Appeal Court’s ruling on the suit filed by Melaye challenging the recall.
The state INEC chief made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ forum in Lokoja, where he said the process will begin with an invite to electorate, who signed the recall register, to identify their signatures, before the commission proceeds to the next stage where a referendum of all registered voters will be conducted.
He continued: “Here, voters will be asked to vote either Yes or No to the question of whether they want Senator Dino Melaye recalled.
“If the answer is able to meet the constitutional requirements of 51 per cent ‘Yes’, the process moves to the next stage, but if it fails, the process stops.”
The Court of Appeal in Abuja, last week, ruled against Melaye’s suit challenging the ruling ordering his recall.
“As a law abiding people, INEC will not do anything outside the dictate of the law. That is why we have to wait till after the judgment before going ahead with the process”, Apam added.