The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has emphasized its commitment to providing journalists and media organizations with all the necessary information to ensure free, fair, credible 2023 elections .
This was disclosed by the representative of INEC Commission for elections Festus Okoye in a meeting with media in Abuja .
It’s eighty-six days to the forthcoming general elections .
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Stakeholders involved in ensuring free, fair, and credible elections have their hands on deck.
The media has been urged to continue playing their position as society’s gatekeepers, as they serve an important role in information dissemination.
This is why the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and Civil Society Organisation decided to partner with media to ensure the truth is told at all times before, during and after the elections for sustainable democracy.
At the meeting, the representative of INEC Commissioner for Voter Education, Chukwuemeka Ugboaja urged journalists to desist from spreading fake news which could disrupt the conduct of elections .
Leaders of Civil Society Organisations appealed to Nigerians to think of the future of the Nation and vote the right candidate to power.
They urged citizens not to allow anyone influence their decision.
Issues of equal opportunity on media platforms for political parties and candidates was one of the issues addressed.
The media on their part disclosed that journalists should give equal opportunity to all candidates on their platforms and not be biased .
And if any candidate is unwilling to participate using the platform they can’t be forced.
Media is encouraged to continue to play their roles as the gatekeepers of the society to achieve socio economic development in Nigeria.