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Respondents seek transparency in INEC’s process of Melaye’s recall

The release of timetable by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye has started to elicit reactions from a cross-section of residents in Benin City.

Deborah Ogbeifun reports that the respondents want INEC to be transparent in the recall process.

According to INEC Secretary Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu the release of timetable for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West, Senatorial district in the senate, will enable INEC the opportunity for the verification of signatories to the petition demanding the recall of the federal lawmaker.

Commenting on the development some residents in Benin City who include former federal lawmaker Samson Osagie, and the president general kogi indigenes in the diaspora, Alhaji Bako Ebiredelu Doquio said the petitioners demanding the recall of Dino Melaye from the senate is the beauty of democracy as it has shown that the electorate are beginning to exercise their power to electing and recalling elected persons from office when necessary.

They however advised INEC to be transparent in the process of verification and referendum to decide the issue of recall.

Also commenting some constitutional Lawyers said the petitioners have acted in-accordance with the Electoral Act of the 1999 constitution which provides for a recall of any representative who have fallen short of expectation from his constituency.

According to the time table the signatures will be verified on August 19, while another date will be announced for the conduct of referendum subject to the outcome of the verification exercise.

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