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Imo Guber: INEC Advises Journalists To Be Factual, Objective In Their Reportage

By Stanley Okehie

The National Commissioner and Member, Information & Voter Education Committee, Independent National Electoral Commission, Mallam Mohammed Haruna has called for factual, objective and professional reportage ahead of the November 11 Governorship election in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi States.

Haruna gave the advice at a one-day engagement with Media Executives in Owerri and appreciated the support of the media in providing voter education, electoral information and involvement in other activities of the Commission.

He emphasized that the Commission frequently consults the media ahead of the formulation of policies and during their implementation , so as to keep Journalists abreast of the happenings in the electoral system.

He said the media must not make declaration of any election result or return of a winner as it is the exclusive preserve of the Commission.  

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Imo State, Prof Sylvia Agu said the engagement was packaged by the Commission to enlighten the media executives on the guidelines, processes and procedures for the November 11, 2023 governorship election in Imo State.

In their presentations, the HOD ICT and Voter Registration, Mr. Herbert Ejiofor, HOD Election Operations, Esther Okorie and HOD Legal Services, Mr Sunday Nwigboke said the Amendment of the Electoral Act has helped the voter accreditation process, as the law recognizes technology, stressing that there were clear punitive measures for non usage of accreditation devices on election day.

In his goodwill message, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Imo State Council, Comrade Ifeanyi Nwanguma said without a viable media, democracy and development would not thrive. He assured INEC that the Imo NUJ would continue to support all its programmes and policies of INEC towards ensuring free, fair and credible governorship election in the State.

The Director General, Imo Broadcasting Corporation, Ify Onyegbule said the meeting was timely and promised that the Corporation would play by the rules.

Other participants at the engagement commended INEC and promised to put the lessons learnt into good use.

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