Elections: Ondo NUJ dissatisfied with INEC’s accreditation of journalists

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo State Council has expressed dissatisfaction with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over poor handling of accreditation of media professionals for the coverage of the 2023 general election.

The State Chairman of the Union, Leke Adegbite stated this while receiving members of the International observers to the state on Friday.

 

It was gathered that press accreditation tags were not given to many journalists in Ondo State as a result of shortage in the materials sent from INEC Headquarters, Abuja to Ondo State INEC office.

Adegbite while expressing displeasure over the media accreditation, noted that media is critical in covering elections.

He stated that centralising the accreditation excercise was a way of shutting out or intending to shut out some media organisations.

 

“It was done as if journalists are not part of the elections. We are doing them favour and many journalists would have to move around without accreditation cards.

 

“We pray we do not have any issue of journalists’ harrassment due to INEC’s failure in accreditation and INEC should be held responsible if there is any case of harrassment of Journalists,” he said.

 

He commended the efforts of the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on his disposition to ensuring a credible and peaceful election.

 

“Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is commended because most sitting governor wants their political party to have edge over other parties, but there is peace in the state as he gave a level playing ground to all the political parties ahead of the election.”

Adegbite also expressed satisfaction and happiness with the way politicians in the state have been conducting themselves, which he stated is most commendable, noting that many journalists are currently stranded due to non-accreditation.

Earlier, the leader of the joint mission International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) Mr Rahul Srivastava, who is from the USA said they were in the state to monitor the electoral activities of the general elections.

 

Other members of the team include: a member of Senegalese Parliament, from Senegal, Marieme Soda Ndiaye, and a field officer, Mr. Jonathan Obatola.

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