INEC counters Senate, says only court can stop Melaye’s recall process

Melaye’s recall: INEC replies Senate

Says only legitimate court order can stop process

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that only a legitimate court order could stop the recall of Senator Dino Melaye as demanded by his Kogi West constituents.

Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the Commission Rotimi Oyekanmi told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday that filing a lawsuit was not enough to stop the process.

Oyekanmi said the actions of the commission were being guided by the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

The constituents came with sacks of documents which they said were `the signatures’ of more than half of the voting population of Kogi West Senatorial District, which Melaye represents.

“They also presented a register of the said signatories and a letter, asking INEC to begin the process of recalling the senator representing that particular district.

“Subsequently, the Commission, in the exercise of the powers conferred on it by Sections 116 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), on Monday issued a timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of the senator.

“Only a legitimate court order or an injunction can be considered by the commission,’’ he said.

On claims by Melaye that some of the signatures submitted to INEC were forged and that names of dead registered voters were also included, Oyekanmi said the process of verification would clear all that.

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