Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has urged Journalists to be mindful of their reportage before ,during and after elections as every stories and reports have national security implications.
Festus Okoye , the National Commissioner and Chairman , Information and Voter Education Committee stated this in Lokoja on Wednesday at a workshop organised by INEC for Journalists ahead of 2019 governorship election in Kogi state .
He stressed that one false report especially during elections can lead to breakdown of law and order.
While urging the media to sustained its indispensable status in the task of nation building , Okoye said the task is a nation imperative , adding that the business of conducting credible elections is a shared responsibility of all the critical stakeholders in Nigeria.
“Media practitioners are critical stakeholder in the electoral process with constitutional responsibility of holding government at all level accountable and acting as the tribune of the people.
“In performing this national task , the media must in theory , practice and in fact posses certain skills and capabilities. The media can not rely on instincts in reporting the electoral process. They should not not , must not and should not depend on rumours, innuendoes, gossip and fake news in reporting the electoral process”
He therefore tasked journalists to be mindful of their reportage , saying every stories and reports have national security implications, stressing that one false report especially during elections can lead to breakdown of law and order.
He charged the participating journalists at the workshop to take the training very serious in order to avail themselves with the commission’s guideline on election.