The Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Mr George Gyabaah has called on the media to play their public education role to sensitise Ghanaianas particularly those who have attained 18 years and above to endeavour to turn up in their numbers to register when the EC begins the limited registration execise.
Mr Gyabaah said the EC as part of its electoral functions was embarking on a limited registration exercise from 28th April to the 8th May 2016 to afford ghanaians who have turned 18 to register to enable them exercise their right to vote in the 2016 general elections.
He therefore stressed the need for the media to collaborate with the EC to educate ghanaians to be well informed and see the need for them to patronise the exercise to make it successful.
The EC Director made the call during a capacity building training for some selected media personnel in the Region on election reportage and highlights of the new constitutional Instrument ( C.I 91) which will regulate the 2016 limited registration exercise at the Tyco City Hotel in Sunyani on monday.
He admonished the media to exhibit high level of professionalism and ethical standard in reporting on electoral matters and endeavour to be fair and balance in the performance of their constitutional functions.
Mr Gyabaah entreated the media to use their reportage to contribute in the promotion of peace, unity and violence free election and also cautioned them to eschew sensationalism which said has the tendency of inflaming political tension and plunging the nation into chaos.
On his part, the Regional Commissioner of the EC, Mr Aggrey Fynn underscored the need for the EC to partner with the media which is a key stakeholder in Ghana’s electoral system in all the activities it would be carrying out before, during and after the November 7 elections.
He advised the media to dessist from the practice of jumping ahead of the EC in declaring election results which he explained was the sole function of the EC as enshrined in the 1992 constitution saying, such practice creates political tension in the Country.
The EC Commissioner took the Media Personnel through some topics which included the media and election, the role of the media in the 2016 election and some provisions in the new constitutional instrument ( C.I 91).
The Media Personnel also took advantage of the workshop to share their opinion on some issues which included the new EC Logo and the controversy over the call for a validation of the voters register to make it credible for the purpose of the 2016 general elections.