By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that it has fixed April 28th 2018 for the verification of signatures of the petitioners for the recall of the Senator Dino Malaye, the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. James Apam disclose this while speaking at the stakeholders meeting for the process of recall of the Senator at Hope Confluence Hotel in Lokoja on Wednesday.
Prof. Apam explained that the verification exercise intends to verify all the signatures of those who sign the petition for his recall, noting that this is the first step in recall process.
The Rec printed out that the exercise required 50% plus one of those who signed the call petition, adding that anything short of 50% and about render recall exercise invalid.
He stated that Card reader will be used at the various polling units for the verification exercise stressing that those who may not want their signatures verify may not necessarily go to polling unit while those who want their signature verified are expected to go to polling unit in 560 polling units across the seven (7) Local Government Area of the State.
The verification exercise which is the first in the line of the activities to be carried out in a recall process will be done on 28th April, 2018 in 552 polling Units in Kogi West Senatorial District, out of 560 since there were no petition in 8 units while the declaration of the outcome of the exercise will be done at the INEC local Government Area Office in Lokoja on 29th April, 2018.
He said the verification shall commence at 8:00am and end at 2:00pm in the polling Units in the Senatorial District provided all the petitioners are on the queue by 2:00pm saying only those sign petition are expected to turn up at the polling unit for the verification exercise.
“It is also important to state that according to constitution and electoral act, the petition will only be said to have been verified if at least 50% plus one of the signatures or thumbprints of registered voters in the constituency are verified. For this to be done, the petitioner must appear personally at their polling unit for the exercise”, the REC said.
He said the commissioner has concluded the arrangement in line with the schedule of activities and are set for the exercise, stressing that the ad-hoc staff have been trained at the state and local government levels and materials procured and sent to area registration centres ready for the movement to the polling unit on the day of verification.
By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja.