The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday 14, October 2017 for the conduct of verification of claims to recall the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye.
This was contained in a statement and timetable for the recall of the senator, issued yesterday by the Commission and signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Augusta C Ogakwu.
The statement read in parts. ‘Further to the statement by the Independent National Electoral Commission issued on 12th September 2017, the Commission today issued an amended timetable and schedule of activities pursuant to the petition for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye.
‘In fixing the timetable for the verification, sufficient time has been provided for the Senator to study the petition and accompanying materials to effectively prepare for the verification exercise in accordance with the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.’
According to the timetable, activities related to the verification would commence with issuance of Notice of Verification on October 3rd, while Last Day for the Submission of Applications by Observers and; Publication of List of Accredited Observers were slated for October 5th and October 9th, 2017, respectively.
Stakeholder meetings to further sensitize and enlighten the citizenry on the procedures for the exercise were scheduled to hold at senatorial and Local Government Headquarters on October 10.
The timetable also indicated October 12, 2017 as the last date for the member thought to be recalled to submit the names of polling agents he wish to deploy to for the exercise.
The verification exercise would hold in all the polling units across the constituency, while a minimum of more than 50% of total registered voters in the constituency was required to validate the claim.