Kogi West Senatorial Recall: INEC To Proceed With The Process

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said following the vacation of an order restraining it from conducting the Kogi West Senatorial recall, the Commission would now proceed with recall process.

This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Commission and signed by a national commissioner and member of the Information and Voter Education Committee of the Commission, Mallam Mohammed Kudu Haruna.

The statement added that the Commission would on Monday, today release a revised timetable and schedule of Activities for the recall.

‘All legal hurdles have now been cleared and the recall process can now proceed as envisaged by the Constitution, the Electoral Act and the extant INEC guidelines and regulations’ says the Commission.

Earlier, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has quashed a petition filed before it by the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Hon. Dino Melaye seeking to restrain INEC from further proceeding with the recall process.

According to law and extant guidelines, the recall process would commence with a verification exercise to authenticate the signatories to the petition.

The verification was expected to hold at polling unit level throughout the constituency, while a minimum of more than 50% of total registered voters in the constituency was required to validate the claim.

The law further provide that the Commission would no longer proceed to conduct referendum if the outcome of the verification fails to satisfy the minimum requirement.  

 

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