The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has called on the media to join hands with it to ensure hitch free elections in Nigeria.
The commission made the call at a media parley on the review of the 2019 general election held in Lagos on Monday.
INEC’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu appreciated the media for the coverage and reportage of the 2019 General election.
Professor Yakubu reiterated the commission’s commitment to the implementation of all the recommendations of relevant stakeholders on the improvement of the electoral process, promising to begin with the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
“We are committed to ensuring that some of the recommendations that we can implement by administrative action will be executed in the forthcoming Bayelsa and Kogi gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 16, 2019. Indeed, I want to assure you that if there is any critical recommendation that requires immediate action, we will consider it in the next few weeks when we conduct the Bye-election in Plateau State in August.”
President of the European Centre for Electoral Support, ECES, Monica Frassoni said the prevalence of fake news, intimidation and threats were some of those challenges faced by media practitioners in Nigeria.
“When journalists are prevented from reporting the facts and speaking the truth, others with no qualification, experience or judgment are ready to fill the vacuum for a public hungry for content on social media and unquestioning of what they read or watch. I would like to say that this is by no means a Nigerian issue. This is a global and growing global threat. And as such we have to deal with it,” she said.
The media parley organised by INEC is part of the review mechanisms of the commission geared towards a holistic reform of elections and the electoral process in Nigeria ahead of future elections.