The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is briefing the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the 9th April parliamentary election process.
The one-day session underway at a hall in the Kanifing Municipality, is meant to sensitise the participants on their roles and responsibilities in the April parliamentary election process.
Giving the opening remarks, IEC Chairman, Alieu Momar Njai assured Gambians of the commission’s resolve to conducting credible elections in The Gambia.
“The commission is committed to promoting and conducting free and fair elections based on democratic principles and practices. The Commission will also endeavour to conduct elections according to law,” he said.
Chairman Njai urged the media to refrain from conduct that would fuel violence in their reporting of the election process.
“…journalists are urged to desist from defamatory, derivative and malicious conduct which has the potential to cause conflict and violence,” he added.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) at the occasion, Alieu Ceesay advised journalists to acquaint themselves with the electoral laws and do a fair reporting of elections.
The more than 25 participants are expected to be taken through the qualifications of candidates for parliamentary elections, the code of conduct for election observers, rules for reporting elections by the media, responsibilities of candidates, among other modules.
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