UNDP supports responsible elections reportage in Ghana

Apr 1, 2016

Mr. Dominic Sam delivering the welcome remarks (Photo credit: Bernice Gyawu/UNDP in Ghana)

UNDP has partnered with the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) to organize a media workshop on “Responsible Reportage for Election 2016”. The event, which targeted media practitioners provided a dialogue platform for journalists on their roles and responsibilities toward a peaceful Elections 2016 in Ghana.

This forms part of UNDP’s effort at consolidating peacebuilding in Ghana, especially before, during and after elections.

“The media has a critical role to play to ensure that the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections takes place in an atmosphere that helps to consolidate the country’s democratic stature in the continent”, says Mr. Dominic Sam, UNDP Country Director. “Journalists seeking to uphold responsible elections reportage should be guided by the core principles of accuracy, responsibility and objectivity”.

The workshop brought together several stakeholders including representatives of the Electoral Commission, National Media Commission, Ghana Journalists Association, National Peace Council, Private Newspaper Printers Association of Ghana, media practitioners and Journalists.

In his keynote address, a media academician Prof. Kwame Karikari entreated journalists to be impartial, reporting only in the interest of Ghana rather than doing the bidding of political parties. “Journalists should also be bold enough to probe claims regardless of their source since the traditional practice of not questioning elders is damaging the Ghanaian media”, he added.

Other speakers included Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere, Dr. Doris Dartey, Commissioner at the National Media Commission, Mr. Akwasi Agyemang, President of GIBA, Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the National Peace Council and Madam Georgina Opoku Amankwa, a Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

Peaceful elections facilitate development and enhance investor confidence in the economy for positive growth. To sustain such progress in Ghana, UNDP is supporting initiatives that boost public confidence and participation in elections, and increase trust in political parties and election results through support to the Electoral Commission and other national stakeholders and development partners.

UNDP will work closely with the media through the National Media Commission (NMC) on peace messaging to promote violence free Election 2016. Additionally, UNDP is working with national institutions particularly the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and civil society to promote issue-based dialogues. “We hope that such efforts will help enrich the choices available to the electorate and also shift attention towards our quest to achieve the sustainable development goals”, says Mr. Sam.

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