The process for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye has been marred by low turn out of voters
- Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said missing name was part of the challenges they had been experiencing
- They are also complained of inability to match signature of the voters with what they have on their register
The ongoing recall process of the Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye, is experiencing a low turn out, the Cable reports.
Some of the polling units visited in Kogi west district of Kogi state showed that the exercise is being marred by low turn out of voters.
The exercise which was scheduled to commence by 8 am on Saturday, April 28, did not begin until 9 am.
Some of the voters also decried their inability to participate in the exercise.
The voters said said officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) told them their signatures did not match what they have.
For instance, at polling unit 010, beside Kogi post office in Lokoja, not one voter was had being verified as at the time of filing this report.
Officials of INEC said not one single signature had been verified two hours after the exercise began.
An official, simply identified as Chidi said: “missing names and unverified signatures” were part of the challenges they had been experiencing.
“Since when we started at 8:30am, we have not been able to verify one signature. And some people’s name are not even on the list," Chidi said.
Also speaking on the recall process, one of the supporters of Melaye said it was obvious the people of Kogi do not want the process to continue.
Ahmadu Mamman said: “It shows the people do not want the recall to be done. Of all of them that have come here, not a single electorate has their signature matched with what is on the register."
“It shows the signatures were manipulated. Some of them said they weren’t the ones that signed the signature," Mamman said.
Also, there was obvious lack of interest in the process at the polling units 012, ward B.
An INEC officer at the unit said: "We left INEC office at 8:30am but we waited for another one hour before people started coming out."
“We have attended to only 20 persons in over two hours," the official added.
Meanwhile, a woman whose signature did not correspond with the one on INEC registerwas seen begging the electoral officials to “check again" a possible match.
But responding to the woman's plea, the official said: “Madam, we have told you. This does not match the signature we have, sorry we can’t attend to you. We only have business with those we have their signature."
Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC began the recall process for Senator Melaye on Saturday, April 28.
This process began despite the current health status of the Senator who is hospitalized in a hospital following complications from an incident between Melaye and the police in Abuja.
The process if pulled through would determine the Senator's fate at the upper house as the Senator representing Kogi west district.
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