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Accreditation Blues | Journalists Shocked As EC Issues Error-Ridden Accreditation Tags

By Aboagye Addo Frank / Published on Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 06:16 AM / No Comments / 290 views

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has become a subject of public ridicule after issuing error-ridden accreditations tags to journalists for the  coverage of the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

After controversially charging GH₵10 for each accreditation tag, many journalists expected the electoral body to have done an excellent work but interestingly, many journos have the shock of their lives as their names were wrongly spelt.

Some of the affected journalists who spoke to banewsgh.com expressed their disappointment at the turn of events and accused the Electoral Commission of exploiting them.

The worst affected in this sheer negligence of duty and gross incompetence is Accra-based CitiFM as most of their journalists had their names wrongly spelt.

Whilst Nana Boaky-Yiadom was written as NKNA Boakye-Yiadom, Jonas Nyabor and Sammi also had their names wrongly written as Jones Nyabor and Samini Wiafe respectively

A picture of some of the error-ridden tags A picture of some of the error-ridden tags

Abrantepa Benefo Buabeng, a journalist who seems to tell the EC I told you so took  a swipe at them on Facebook by indicating how he feels vindicated for not paying for such an error-ridden tag.

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The Election Commission (EC) made headlines after it revealed that the Commission will for the first time be charging media accreditation fees.

The decision prompted the International Standards Journalist Association (ISJA) to file a suit at the Accra High Court challenging the constitutionality of the fees but the court yesterday dismissed the  failing to appropriately invoke the jurisdiction of the court.

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