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2023: INEC Urges For A Stronger Partnership With Journalists In Borno

L-R: NUJ Chairman and REC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Borno has urged for stronger partnership with Journalists for a more credible election in 2023.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Borno, Mohammed Ibrahim made the call on Thursday in Maiduguri while recieving the new executives of Borno Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) who paid him a courtesy call.

Ibrahim noted that Journalists played a critical role in the success of 2019 general election and were expected to do more in 2023.

“We know your capacity and know what you can do. Be vanguard of promoting our case.

“We are preparing to present Nigerians with the best election ever and as critical stakeholders we must work together for free, fair and credible election, ” Ibrahim said.

He explained that 2023 election would be different as the new Electoral Act has encouraged INEC to apply technology to simplify the election.

He said that innovation like Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) would be use to authenticate and read voters card as well as facilitate electronic transmission of results to server.

The REC who reponded positively to NUJ request for some training for Journalists on the election, said that the commission was expecting more supply of Permanent Voters Cards for those who registered recently.

Earlier, the NUJ Chairman, Dauda Iliya said the new executive were in INEC for a familiarization visit and to sought the support of INEC in keeping the media abreast in the ongoing preparations for 2023 election.

Iliya noted that Journalists needed to know more on the new electoral act.

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