INEC Didn’t Spend N1 Billion On Dino’s Recall – Official
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied reports in some section of the media that the Commission spent N1billion naira to prosecute the recall process of Senator Dino Malaye.
A source within the Commission who claimed anonymity said that INEC spent far less than N100 million and even so, the bulk of it was spent on personnel allowances and logistics for 552 polling units in 7 LGAs.
According to the source, places like Yagba West and Yagba East that are separated by at least 4 hours distance from Lokoja on patchy road had to be covered to ensure that everyone was reached.
“In Lokoja LGA, some of the polling units are on the border with Niger State. We had to reach all these areas,” the source said.
Asked why INEC proceeded with the process amid allegations of fake names in the petition, the source said: “the exercise was a Constitutional requirement. Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution requires that the signatures be verified. The framers of the Constitution knew what they were doing. Fake names, unwilling petitioners and dead persons will be included. This is Nigeria.
“That’s why the Constitution has made it mandatory on INEC to verify the signatures. This has been done transparently and the will of the people of Kogi West upheld. With only 5.34% verified as against the 50% + 1 required by the Constitution, the recall terminates at this stage. There is no further course of action for INEC to take.”
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