‘2 months to 2019 polls, 140,000 PVCs un­claimed in Sokoto’

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Rakiya A. Muham­mad, Sokoto

With just a few weeks to the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions, a total of 140,000 Per­ma­nent Vot­ers Cards (PVCs) are yet to be col­lected in Sokoto State.

The Head, Voter Ed­u­ca­tion, Muham­mad Musa, stated this at a one-day work­shop on elec­tion cov­er­age and launch of a book ti­tled, Elec­tion Cov­er­age: A jour­nal­ist’s Guide.

“We still have about 140,000 Per­ma­nent Vot­ers Cards in our of­fices wait­ing for col­lec­tion,” he said.

Speak­ing on me­dia and the 2019 elec­tions, the way for­ward, Musa said, “a free and fair elec­tion is not only about the free­dom to vote and the knowl­edge of how to cast a vote, but also about par­tic­i­pa­tory process where vot­ers en­gage in de­bate and have ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion about par­ties, po­lices, can­di­dates and the elec­tion process it­self in or­der to make in­formed choices”.

He noted the in­dis­pens­able role the me­dia play in a democ­racy.

“The me­dia are es­sen­tial to democ­racy, and a demo­cratic elec­tion is im­pos­si­ble with­out the me­dia,” he said.

He ad­vised jour­nal­ists and me­dia houses to main­tain high level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ac­cu­racy, and im­par­tial­ity in their cov­er­age, while also urg­ing them to sup­press hate speech.

De­liv­er­ing the Lead pa­per, Malam Muham­mad Sajo Sanyinna, stressed the need for elec­tion cov­er­age to be fact based, cau­tion­ing that in­ac­cu­rate re­port­ing may swing the out­come of elec­tion.

Sanyinna, who em­pha­sized the need to ad­dress hate speech, men­tioned ways to counter it to in­clude ed­u­ca­tion on me­dia ethics, en­cour­age­ment of con­flict sen­si­tive re­port­ing and end­ing im­punity on hate speech among oth­ers.

Also speak­ing, Sokoto State Deputy Gover­nor, Mani Dan’iya, un­der­scored the im­por­tance of qual­i­ta­tive in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion.

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