INEC News Bulletin
19: INEC, ADVERTISING PRACTITIONERS TO PROMOTE SOUND PRACTICE IN POLITICAL ADVERTISING
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed willingness to cooperate with Advertising Professionals in the country to mitigate hate speeches in electoral campaigns and promote sound political advertising as the 2019 general elections approach.
Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu gave the indication today, when he received the newly elected Executives of the Advertising Practitioners Association Abuja Chapter (APAAC) at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.
Professor Yakubu who was represented by National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Prince Adedeji Solomon Soyebi, welcomed the support of the Association towards improving the electoral process.
He noted that working with professional bodies such as APAAC would bring about sanity in the practice especially as regards electoral advertising. “let us grow this democracy together”, he implored.
The INEC Chairman while assuring that the Commission was willing to work with every organization that would add value to the 2019 general elections urged APAAC to work closely with the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in order to sanitize political advertising.
Earlier, the Chairman APAAC, Alh. Ibrahim Aliyu commended the current leadership of the Commission for its focus and determination to ensure elections were free, fair and credible amidst daunting challenges.
“Despite all the huge challenges, INEC has been performing credibly well. Political contests in Nigeria have always been characterized historically by violence, misgivings, fake news and propaganda but in spite of these, INEC has remained on the path of providing Nigerians credible elections”, he said.
The APAAC Chairman said as a patriotic organization, they were equally prepared to assist INEC in sensitizing political parties on ethical advertising and how campaigns should be in order to avert a repeat of what happened in 2015 where hate speech and foul languages were prevalent.
A member of the delegation and Zonal Head, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Alh. Adamu Yelwa, pledged the Council’s commitment to cooperate with INEC to promote sound political advertizing in the build up to the 2019 general elections.
COMMISSIONER SIMBINE PRESENTS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE TO DESERVING STAFF
The National Commissioner supervising Kaduna, Niger, Plateau states and FCT, Professor Anthonia Okoosi-Simbine presented Award of Excellence to staff of INEC Kaduna State office who performed brilliantly well in the 2017 staff promotion examination.
During the presentation ceremony which held at the Commission’s Head office in Kaduna recently, Professor Simbine told the recipients that “to be identified is a further call to duty”.
Commissioner Simbine urged the awardees to continue to make the management of the state office proud by discharging their responsibilities with diligence.
The awadees include: Aligwara P. Obiageri; Zainab A. Bakari; Fatima A. Bande; Mohammed G. Yallo; Lydia Isa Kudi; Kato Sara Lami; Ibrahim Ahmed; Simon O. Bankole; Mariam G. Musa; Zubairu Umar; and Maryam S. Ahmed.
Similarly, Professor Simbine commissioned staff conveniences for the Kaduna office to improve sanitary conditions in the state office.
The National Commissioner commended the management of INEC in Kaduna for the initiative.
In attendance were the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Kaduna state, Abdullahi Kaugama and the Administrative Secretary, Nick Dazang.