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2023: NGE urges media to monitor politicians’ compliance with Electoral Act

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2023: NGE urges media to monitor politicians’ compliance with Electoral Act

As Nigeria prepares for the 2023 general elections, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has called on the media to monitor politicians’ compliance with the Electoral Act.

The NGE President, Mustapha Isah made the call on Tuesday in Enugu during a town-hall meeting organised for journalists, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and religious organisations in the South-East zone.

The meeting, with the theme, “Agenda Setting for Sustainable Democratic Culture,’’ was organised by the NGE in collaboration with the US Embassy in Nigeria.

The NGE president said that the call was necessary as some politicians could attempt to circumvent provisions of the electoral act to achieve their personal interests.

He said that the media had the capacity to sustain Nigeria’s democracy by holding political office holders to account.

The NGE President said that good governance would thrive when journalists were given the freedom to function.

According to him, the media should interrogate promises by candidates in the 2023 general elections to ensure that they do not deceive the electorate.

In his words, “We should ensure that political leaders have the capacity and would not divide us with religion and ethnicity.

“The media should strive to set the agenda rather than allow politicians to set agenda.”

In a remark, the Spokesperson, US Embassy in Nigeria, Ms Jeanne Clark, said that the media, CSOs and religious organisations had shared responsibilities in promoting fundamental freedom.

Clark also said that the media had important roles to play toward free speech and helping to sustain resilient democracy.

She charged the media to focus on issues of transparency while holding politicians to account, adding that democracy needed not be administered as an enterprise.

She said that the US Embassy was proud to support the meeting, as the contribution of the media to democracy was profound.

2023: NGE urges media to monitor politicians’ compliance with Electoral Act

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