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INEC Accredits 1,255 Journalists to cover Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says about 1,255 journalists from 94 media Houses have been accredited to cover the off cycle Governorship elections in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa States.

INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at the quarterly consultative meeting with the media in Abuja.

Prof Yakubu affirmed INEC’s commitment to work with relevant security agencies in order to ensure the protection of journalists on election duty.

“In previous elections, media organisations have expressed concern about the safety of journalists, technical staff and protection of the equipment you deploy on Election Day.

“Similarly, you have on several occasions urged the Commission to intercede with the security agencies to grant you unimpeded access to polling and collation locations.

“I want to reassure you that we will continue to do so as we engage with the security agencies both at the national level and in the three States”.
The INEC boss further raised concerns over the challenge of fake news as it affects the electoral process.

“I wish to remind all media organisations to strictly adhere to the ethics of your profession. We welcome reports on the election. At the same time, you should form a bulwark against fake news.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission does not believe in censorship. We have said repeatedly that the best antidote to fake news is greater openness and regular and consistent engagement with stakeholders.

“We will continue to work together in this regard”, the INEC Chairman said.
Responding on behalf of the Media Executives, the Director News, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria,(FRCN), Hussaina Akila commend the commission for maintaining and sustaining the relationship with the media.

Akila, who also decried the menace of fake news, acknowledged that it was a huge challenge to the Nigerian society and assured that as responsible partners, the media will do everything to discourage the trend in the country

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