Journalists in Nigeria have been urged to remain neutral and adhere strictly to the Electoral Act to avert any breach of peace before, during, and after the 2023 General Election.
INEC National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye gave the charge at a one-day day capacity-building workshop for Journalists in the South West region held in Akure, Ondo State.
As critical stakeholders in the Electoral Process, Journalists and Media Practitioners have gathered to brainstorm on achieving a seamless exercise in the run-up to the 2023 General Election.
Various Speakers including INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, and National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chris Iziguzo, said promoting and deepening the Nation’s Democracy through objective reportage devoid of sensationalism should be embraced by Media workers.
The need for various Stakeholders including the Electoral umpire and Security Agencies to speed up action against any form of attack on Media workers was also discussed.
Part of the Communique reached by the Forum INEC should allow unhindered access to information, which they say will further strengthen the way Journalists discharge their duties effectively.