The Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission in-Charge of Operations, Alhaji Amadu Sule has tasked the media to have the nation at heart and exercise circumspection in the discharge of their duties to ensure peace during, before and after the forthcoming elections.
He said the media can break the country through their reportage and entreated them to avoid acts which can mar the elections and plunge the country into chaos.
He reminded them that, they play a critical role in the electoral process and should work closely with the Electoral Commission to promote the country`s democratic dispensation.
Alhaji Sule made the call at a capacity building workshop for media practitioners on elections reporting and highlights of Constitutional Instrument (C.I 91) in Tamale.
The workshop was organized by the EC in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development to share information and deepen interaction between the Commission and media practitioners on the thematic areas to promote effective reportage on electoral matters.
It brought together about 70 media practitioners across the region, the Deputy Chairman advised media practitioners to be conversant with the country’s electoral laws and the C.I. 91, which will govern the November polls to ensure accurate reportage on the elections.
He said the commission cannot work without the media since it rely on it to reach out to the public. The Northern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, Ceaser Abagali urged the media to remain impartial and professional to ensure peace before, during and after the elections.
Mr. Abagali asks the media practitioners to always build their capacity to make them authoritative since journalism is a learning process. He urged the EC not to always rely on the traditional media but also make use of the social media to enhance their information dissemination.