The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has appealed to the Eighteen Registered Political Parties to abide with the Electoral Act and avoid abusive language as campaigns commences this week nationwide.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu made the appeal in Lagos at the opening of a three day capacity building workshop for INEC correspondents.
Represented by the Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC Chairman said the Commission would engage all stakeholders in all the processes leading to the conduct of the 2023 Election.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu emphasized that appropriate technology would be deployed for the conduct of the polls saying the commission would keep to the time table scheduled to be released to the public.
According to the INEC chairman, the commission is currently embarking on Cleaning of Voter Registration and will engage with the leadership of political parties before releasing the final Voter Register to be used for the 2023 election.
In a remark, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi said the capacity building workshop for the correspondents became necessary for effective flow of information to the public on electioneering.
Mr Oyekanmi therefore appealed to the media to avoid sensational and fake news that could affect peaceful conduct of the polls.
The Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Segun Agbaje urged media organizations to provide a level playing ground for all registered Political Parties.
He also stressed the need for State owned Media outfits to keep the ethics of the profession and avoid being used by politicians for selfish interest.
Director INEC Voter Education Department, Mr Victor Aluko solicited the support of Media organizations on Voter Education and sensitisation for the Electorates to make informed decisions on the 2023 Elections.
The Capacity Building Workshop with the theme: INEC’s processes, innovation, preparations for the 2023 General Election And Critical Issues in The Electoral Act 2022 has in attendance Journalists drawn from the Print, broadcasq1q1qat and New Media across the Six Geo Political Zones.
Report by Kayode Oyedare,Edited by Grace Namiji