L-R, The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Kashere, Professor Umar Pate and the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Dr Tony Ojukwu.
The Media has been urged to always do a reality check on the information given to them by the Electoral Body so that they can make informed decisions.
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Kashere, Professor Umar Pate stated this in Abuja while delivering a paper on Media, Civil Society, Electoral Offences and Election at a policy dialogue on Violence Free Election in Nigeria.
Professor Pate also urged the media to always be present at registration centres, camping locations and venues of voting, counting, collation and announcement of results to prevent electoral malpractice.
On the welfare of Journalists in the country, Professor Umar Pate called on the Unions in the media industry to rise up and champion ways to improve the poor Welfare of Journalists in the country.
In another paper on Media, Human Rights Violation and election monitoring, the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Dr Tony Ojukwu called for adequate security for journalists to monitor, observe and cover the 2023 general election.
Mr Ojukwu explained that journalists have the constitutional mandate to monitor all processes leading to the election and give adequate information to the public.
According to him, media coverage of elections and all processes leading to the announcement of results will enhance the credibility and acceptability of the people and the global community.
The Executive Secretary said the commission would continue to train security agencies and all stakeholders on their roles in contributing positively towards the conduct of next year’s general election.
Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino