The Electoral Commission of Ghana has admonished politicians aspiring for Presidential and Parliamentary positions ahead of the December 7 polls, to take nomination forms of the commission serious to avoid any inconvenient to themselves.
Mr. John Azu Bosco, Upper West Regional Director of Electoral Commission, who issued the caution, said the EC will not relent in its efforts in implementing all laws governing elections, the reason the Commission refused to accept the nominations of some twelve Presidential nominees for this year’s general Elections.
Mr. Azu said the commission takes the filling of its nomination forms seriously because signatories to it are under oath so all seriousness must be attached in completing the forms.
He also warned people with the intention of snatching and bolting away with ballot boxes to abandon it “because the 48-hour minimum that a suspect can be held without trial will be applied and we will come for them after the election.”
Addressing media practitioners at a day’s capacity building on media reportage for the 2016 polls, he called for responsible reportage on the part of journalists to make this year’s elections one of the best in Ghana’s political history. They must report accurately on the elections and avoid declaring winners ahead of the EC.
The Regional Director disclosed that 51 nomination forms have been received from candidates contesting the parliamentary seats in the region.
A Retired Broadcasting Journalist, Mr. Chris Alalbila, urged journalists to report exactly what they see on the field without biases and avoid conjectures and presumptions which are likely to inflame tensions among political parties.
“Our responsibility is to make Ghana go through successful elections. Journalists must avoid going into the elections with bias mind and to inform Ghanaians with accurate information on the elections”, he said.
Mr Alalbila, who spoke on: “Importance of media r
eportage on election”, said the active participation of the media could help bring successful elections.
He urged the media to cross check from EC when in doubt and should not rush to air or file false information which is likely to cause confusion.
By From Musah Umar Farouq/www.topnewsghana.com/GHANA