Media urged to promote peaceful elections

Charlotte Osei  - EC Boss

Charlotte Osei – EC Boss

The Deputy Chairperson of T the Electoral Commission (EC) in charge of Finance and Administration (F&A), Georgina Opoku Amankwaah, has urged the media to be circumspect in the discharge of their duties, to ensure peace during the forthcoming elections.

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She said that “the media can make or break the country through their reportage. We, therefore, entreat them to avoid acts which can mar the elections and plunge the country into chaos”. Mrs. Opoku Amankwaah, who is also responsible for the Greater Accra, and Eastern of the EC, made the call at a day’s capacity building workshop, organised for journalists and media practitioners, as a prelude to the 2016 elections.

She cautioned journalists against false reportage, to avoid misunderstanding among the competing political parties, and refrain from announcing uncertified EC election results. Mrs. Opoku-Amankwaah said, “The role of the media should go beyond their traditional duties of educating, entertaining and informing the citizenry”, adding that the workshop would be organised in other regions of the country.

The Greater Accra Regional Director of the EC, Kwame Amoah, reminded journalists that they play a critical role in the electoral process. He said, “Without the media, the public will be in the dark, and will not know what the EC is doing and the electoral processes.” Mr Amoah appealed to stakeholders to support the EC, saying voting was a means by which the citizenry contributed to the governance process.

A Deputy News Editor of the Ghana News Agency, Francis Ameyibor, entreated journalists and media practitioners to be conversant with electoral laws, to be able to educate the public on electoral issues. He urged media houses to train reporters on election coverage so that they could better inform and educate the public on electoral matters.

By Kingsley Asare and Julius Petetsi

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