INEC News Bulletin
2019: INEC AND PROFESSIONAL MEDIA BODIES ENDORSE MEDIA CODE OF ELECTION COVERAGE AHEAD 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has joined the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON), The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and other umbrella media related bodies to endorse The Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage.
The Endorsement was part of the highpoints at the ongoing 67th World Press Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI), holding at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
In his remark, the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, seized the opportunity to reaffirm the Commission’s commitment towards ensuring that only the votes of Nigerians would determine the outcome of elections. “Nothing but the votes cast by citizens will determine the outcome of elections”, he assured.
“We believe the forthcoming elections will further underscore the maturity of our electoral democracy after the globally acknowledged success of the 2015 general elections. I wish to extend our early invitation to especially the international media that require longer time and logistics to prepare that you are welcome to cover our 2019 general elections”, he said.
Speaking further, Professor Yakubu explained that there would be no electronic balloting in 2019 general elections but hinted that technology was already being used in many aspects of the processes. He expressed optimisms that it was only a matter of time before electoral processes can be fully automated in the country.
“Electronic voting should be the ultimate step in chain involving five processes: Electronic Voter Register, accreditation, balloting, collation and transmission of result. At present, the Commission has a more robust voter register than any time in our history.
“Accreditation of voters (and storage of accreditation data) is also electronic while we are piloting the electronic collation and transmission of results. What remains is to bring these processes into a voting machine to complete the chain. I am confident that full automation of our electoral processes is only a matter of a short period of time”.
2019 general elections: Media Organisations free to cover INEC activities live-Prof Yakubu,
By Chinwe Ogbuka, Assistant Director, Publicity
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is refurbishing the Commission’s Media Centre to provide studio facities to national and international media Organizations who would wish to broadcast live the coverage of 2019 general elections from the the umpire’s headquarters in Abuja.
The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this on at the 67th World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) holding at in Abuja also hinted that one International broadcast organisation has already approached the Commission requesting to set up a facility for live coverage of INEC activities.
He extended invitation to other media Organizations wishing to take advantage of the facility. “I wish to extend our early invitation to especially the international media that require longer time and logistics to prepare that you are welcome to cover our 2019 general elections. We believe the forthcoming elections will further underscore the maturity of our electoral democracy after the globally acknowledged success of the 2015 general elections,” he said.
Prof. Yakubu also said, “a number of television stations in Nigeria have approached the Commission requesting for partnership in setting up facilities for live coverage of INEC activities from the INEC Headquarters in the run-up to the 2019 general elections”.
The INEC Chairman stated that “the 2019 general elections would be the most widely covered event in Nigeria, adding that the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has regularly conducted election debates involving candidates at national level.
“A number of media organisations have given similar opportunities to candidates at State level, including off-season Governorship elections on their own initiatives. “This is commendable”, he added.
Speaking on the relationship with the media and other stakeholders in the electoral process, the Chairman said the Commission has been working closely with the stakeholders to enhance its transparency.
He disclosed that at present INEC has accredited correspondents from 85 media organisations to cover the activities of the Commission all-year round and the number is growing and the doors remain open to all.
Prof. Yakubu said “The rule of law cannot thrive without free speech. There cannot be free speech without free press. There cannot be free press without democracy. There cannot be genuine democracy without credible elections. The relationship between an Election Management Body such as INEC and the IPI is therefore organic.”
On the use of technology in elections, the Chairman said “the Commission shall continue to deepen its deployment until such a time when its processes are fully automated. There will be no electronic balloting in 2019 but technology is already being used in many aspects of the processes,” he said.
COURT ORDER: INEC ISSUES CERTIFICATE OF RETURN TO ISAAC ALFA TO REPRESENT KOGI EAST SENATORIAL DISTRICT
In compliance with a Federal High Court Order, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a Certificate of Return to Isaac M Alfa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
The presentation was done today at INEC Headquarters by the National Commissioner supervising Kogi, Kwara and Nassarawa states, Malam Mohammed Kudu Haruna.
After the presentation, Mallam Haruna explained that the current leadership of the Commission was determined to obey all court orders. “Since this Commission came our mantra has always been to obey court orders”, he said.
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