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Journalist Calls For Peaceful Conduct Of 2023 Election

Lawrence Afolabi

An Ilorin-based Journalist, Mr Nicholas Uwerunonye, has stressed that media practitioners in the country have more to do in ensuring the peaceful conduct of general elections, which commences in a few weeks.

Mr Uwerunonye, while speaking at a One-Day Quarterly Media Round-table on Media Independence and Government Accountability, in Ilorin, Kwara State said, the media must provide the masses with timely and unbiased reporting of necessary procedures required for the 2023 General Elections.

Uwerunonye who is the Bureau Chief of the Daily Independent Newspaper in Kwara State, in a paper entitled: “Good Governance and Accountability: Towards a Peaceful Election in Kwara State” maintained that the media has an indispensable role in information dissemination to the public.

He explained that apart from enlightening the public, the media must also not fail in her watchdog role, to safeguard the credibility and transparency of the electoral processes.

The media expert also observed that Accountability in governance should be seen in terms of semantic primes of transparency, and resource deployment, which must be trackable and measurable.

He advised media practitioners to be resolute in getting at the truth of an event and ensure that they are balanced in their reportage.

The event was organised by Al-barka FM, with the support of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, under the collaborative Media Engagement for Development, Inclusivity and Accountability Project, funded by McArthur Foundation.

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