The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Wednesday reemphasized the imperatives of stronger partnership between the Fee and the media in Nigeria. The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, at an interactive assembly on Wednesday with on-line publishers on the Radisson Blu Lodge, Ikeja, Lagos, expressed that stronger partnership between INEC and the media will encourage clear, free, and truthful elections within the nation.
On the consultative discussion board with the Guild of Company On-line Publishers (GOCOP), which the INEC Chairman acknowledged was the primary of its sort and coming about three weeks after the Anambra State Governorship Election held on 6th November 2021, Prof. Yakubu said that the INEC cherishes the long-standing help from the media. He mentioned that the fee doesn’t take the connection with the media as a right.
“Whereas we could not at all times agree on all points which is comprehensible, each of us are positively in settlement that our democracy and electoral course of should be nurtured and consolidated.
“On our half, we regard the media as each a key stakeholder and a reliable ally in sustaining and deepening our democracy.
“It is because of this that the INEC Press Corps, comprising over 90 members from the print, broadcast, and on-line varieties, is given unfettered entry to data and our actions. “Moreover, based mostly on the significance and distinctive function of the media, we now maintain common quarterly consultative conferences with media executives led by the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to debate coverage and different important electoral points within the electoral course of. That is along with the periodic engagements with varied media retailers.
“This interplay is, due to this fact, designed to additional strengthen our partnership in selling free, truthful credible and inclusive elections in Nigeria,” Prof. Yakubu highlighted.
Prof. Yakubu additionally famous that INEC and the media play important roles in sustaining democracy and democratic governance.
“It is because of this that they each derive their powers from the Structure.
“Whereas the capabilities of the Fee are enshrined in Half I of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Structure, the elemental proper to freedom of expression and of the press, from which the media derives its power, are enshrined in Chapter 4 (Part 39) of the identical Structure.
“Moreover, whereas the sanctity of the vote and the credibility of electoral outcomes as expressed via the desire of the voters is supreme, the ethics of journalism is tailor-made in direction of upholding the reality and guaranteeing the integrity and equity of the career and its practitioners. “In journalism, the truism is that opinion is free, however details are sacred.
“Due to this fact, democracy and free press can’t be sustained with out free press. We should, due to this fact, proceed to work collectively to advertise free, truthful, credible, and inclusive elections,” Prof. Yakubu declared.
The consultative assembly was convened on the occasion of the INEC.