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INEC Sends Strong Warning To Journalists

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on Journalists to ensure that they quote appropriate sources on matters that have to do with elections.

The Commission as well cautioned Journalists against what they called, “copy me, copy and paste journalism”.

The INEC National Commissioner, South East, Festus Okoye, represented by Mr Chukwuemeka Ogbuaja laid the cautions on the occasion of a two-day capacity-building workshop for Journalists and CSOs on conflict-sensitive reporting, 2023 general elections held at Omedel Luxury Hotel, Enugu.

He though reassured Nigerians of credible 2023 polls and vowed that it must adhere strictly to the electoral for free, fair and credible polls.

The INEC Officer noted that all activities in the commission have been reformed and digitalized.

Head of the Legal Unit of the commission, Enugu, Mr Humphrey Okoli in his presentation noted that the parley was organized by the commission in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).

 

He pointed out that incident forms will not be used anywhere in the general elections
“The issue of incident forms does not arise because it will not be used anywhere in the 2023 elections. We are not going to use incident forms. Accreditation is going to be by way of BIVAS, the election will be by BIVAS.

“In the 2023 general elections, INEC cannot go contrary to the electoral act no matter what happens.

“We cannot go contrary to the constitution or the electoral guideline or the state law.

“Whatever we are doing must be backed by law. So, if you suspect any foul play, you can initiate a proceeding in court if you have the resources”, he stated. :

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In his address, the National President of NUJ, Chief Chris Isiguzo who was represented by the National President of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Comrade Ladi Bala called for peaceful polls

He said every region in the country was battling with one crisis or the other and called on journalists to be careful in their reportage not to worsen the situation.

“Every region is battling with one crisis or the other; identity crisis, marginalization crisis All of this is what is playing out in the representative of the candidate of the various political party that the Nigerian society today is divided along different lines be it religious, be it ethnic lines and you know who bears all of these problems.

“Society today expects the Journalists to make right all the wrongs out there and how best can the Journalists position his or herself to address the numerous challenges confronting the 2023 general elections?”, he stated.

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