The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally opened up on the brave moves by constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District to recall their lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye at the National Assembly.
While speaking in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, opened up on the moves to recall
Dino Malaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate.
The INEC authoruty explained further that to recall an elected lawmaker, a petition must be signed by at least 50% of the registered voters in that senatorial district and submitted to the commission.
“It is only when the petitioners get 50 per cent of the registered voters that they can submit a recall petition to the commission.
“That is when INEC can commence the recall process, but we have not received such petition."
Osaze-Uzzi said that upon the receipt of such petition, the commission would also embark on a verification, to ascertain whether the recall petition was actually signed by registered voters in that senatorial district.
The official explained that in conducting the verification of the signatures, the commission would also need to inform the senator involved and the petitioner, to set a date for agents from both sides to be involved in the exercise.
“It is only when we are satisfied with that, we now go for a referendum. That is what the constitution states. For now, we don’t know if anybody is trying to recall him until a petition is submitted to the commission."
The director further said that the commission would notify the public if anybody or group was able to mobilise the required number of signatures and send a petition to the commission.