FCT INEC pledges continuous partnership with media for credible elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), FCT, has promised continuous partnership with the media in the commission’s quest to deliver credible elections.

Mr Yahaya Bello, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), FCT, made the promise on Wednesday in Abuja while receiving executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT council, led by its Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche.

Bello said that credible elections could not be achieved by the electoral umpire alone, but with the input and cooperation of the media and other stakeholders.

The REC said that the success of the 2019 election was a collective responsibility, adding that getting input from critical stakeholders like the media was of essence.

“The 2019 elections were successful because critical stakeholders made inputs and INEC worked on these input to achieve success.”

Bello said that the commission would continue to partner the NUJ to deliver on elections.

Earlier, Ogbeche solicited support from the FCT INEC to ensure adequate and proper coverage of future elections.

According to Ogbeche, there is need for continuous partnership with INEC to build institutional framework that will position the commission better for proper service delivery.

“The work of INEC is very fundamental, hence the need for the partnership.

“The 2019 elections gave reasons for us to review and interrogate the outcome, how INEC faired and ways of improvement.

Ogbeche commend the FCT INEC for doing well in the 2019 elections, adding that there were still logistics problems in some very remote areas in the FCT.

He said continuous partnership with NUJ would ensure that all segments benefit from INEC education and advocacy for elections.

Ogbeche said that the INEC ambassador should cut across all media adding that it would further help to strengthen the institutional framework to achieve the desired goal.

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