Journalists urged to help ensure peaceful elections

Affail Monney, GJA PresidentJournalists have been urged to use their gate-keeping method to guarantee that the December 2016 elections are very peaceful devoid of any violence to enrich the credentials of the country.

The call was made by a senior lecturer of Political Science of the University of Ghana, Dr. Seidu Alidu, during a media encounter in Tamale last week.

He said that it should not be assumed that the elections will be as peaceful based on past experiences, adding that the dynamics of this year’s election is different from the past ones.

Dr Alidu called on journalists to identify the dynamics in order to forge ahead in a manner that can lead to accurate reportage.

He said political parties compete for power and mobilise votes based on identities of ethnic, geographical and religious bases and indicated that some people will not compromise on their stands which may lead to violence.

Dr Alidu said the implications may be dangerous to the country’s democracy and advised journalists to report very accurately on the elections devoid of personal political affiliation.

He said the implications of biased reporting may lead to violent conflicts within some ethnic, geographical and religious groups.

Dr Alidu admonished Ghanaians to have confidence in institutions mandated to conduct the December elections by accepting the outcome of the results without resorting to chaos.

Some of the participants said there is the need to abide by the ethics of the profession and dwell on issues-based reportage instead of sensationalism.

They appealed for cooperation for information from the Electoral Commission at the regional levels.


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