INEC to begin Dino Melaye recall process on July 3


​The Independent National Electoral

Commission says it has formally

notified Senator Dino Melaye of the

demand by the people of his

constituency to recall him from the


It said that the decision to inform

Melaye was taken at its meeting held

in Abuja on Thursday , where the

petition submitted by voters in Kogi

West Senatorial District was


The commission also said that it would

issue a notice to the petitioners and

Melaye on July 3 , on when it would

begin the verification of the signatures

of those who signed the notice.

INEC’s National Commissioner and

member Information and Voter

Education Committee , Madam

Mohammed Haruna , disclosed the

commission ’s decision in a statement

in Abuja.

Aggrieved voters from Melaye’s

constituency were at the commission ’s

headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday

where they presented their petition on

their demand for the recall of the

senator .

Haruna said , “ INEC has held its

regular weekly meeting today and

considered the petition submitted by

whole registered voters from Kogi

West senatorial district to kickstart the

process of recalling Senator Dino


“ In accordance with the INEC

guidelines for the recall of members of

the National Assembly , the

Commission has finally acknowledged

the receipt of the petition to the

petitioners representatives and has

conveyed a letter notifying Senator

Dino Melaye of our receipt of the


“ The next step is to verify that the

petitioners are registered voters in

Kogi West senatorial district .

“ INEC will on July 3 , 2017 , issue public

notice stating dates , time , location and

other details for the verification of the

exercise. ”

Kogi West, which Melaye represents in

the Senate, has seven local

governments areas .

Signatures and petitions from each of

the local government areas were

packaged in seven bags, which were

tagged according to the names of the

local governments, and submitted to

the commission .

The local governments and the

percentage of voters who signed the

recall petition showed that Yagba West

had the highest number of voters

asking Melaye to return home from

the Senate.

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