EC urges media to maintain the peace

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of Electoral Commission (EC), George Gyabaah, has urged the media to help in maintaining the peace in the country, by ignoring issues that will create chaos in their reportage.

He further urged the media to assist in voter education to ensure the success of the November general elections and enable the electorate to make informed choices.

Mr. Gyabaah gave the advice recently at a day’s capacity building workshop at Abesim near Sunyani for journalists in the region.

It aimed at equiping them with the knowhow about the process of limited voters’ registration exercise and the coverage of the Election 2016.

“Imbalance and inaccurate reportage by the media could disrupt the prevailing peace in the country,” he added.

Mr. Gyabaah urged journalists to base their education on facts and not fabrication or sensational reporting, distortions that would lead to violence in the country.

The workshop, organised by the EC and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) had the theme, “Building capacity for media practitioners in election reportage and highlights of constitutional instrument 91 (C.I. 91)”.

Outlining the importance of the exhibition of the voters’ register scheduled from April 28 to May 8 this year, he said the exercise was essential for the electoral process.

Mr. Gyabaah added that the exercise would also allow those who have now attained age 18 and those who are above that age but could not register during the last registration exercise, to register.

The EC Commissioner responsible for Brong-Ahafo, Ebenezer Aggrey Fynn, called for effective collaboration between the media and the EC to avoid announcement of inaccurate voting figures as a result of hurried declaration of election results by some media houses.

–GNA

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