Forward of the 2023 normal elections, the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has known as on the Guild of Company On-line Publishers (GOCOP) to curb pretend information.
He stated pretend information which is engineered by unpatriotic people is a problem to the electoral course of and a menace to nationwide safety.
The INEC boss who spoke in Lagos on the sixth annual convention of Guild of Company On-line publishers, due to this fact, known as for concerted efforts to finish the menace.
“GOCOP should lead a community or alliance of stakeholders to curb pretend information engineered by unpatriotic people. Faux information is a menace to nationwide safety and all palms should be on deck to verify it. Managing this course of requires partly, concerted efforts.
“We now have observed that your members have to this point steered clear of faux information. We urge you to do extra. GOCOP ought to come out strongly within the battle towards pretend information which is clearly a problem to the electoral course of going ahead.
“We’re completely happy to notice that you’ve got your peer overview mechanism utilizing your leaders to frequently remind each member of the necessity for credible journalism. That is extremely commendable. We urge you lengthen this past GOCOP to function a bulwark towards the menace of faux information,” he stated.
Yakubu stated the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) with its twin fingerprint and facial biometric accreditation course of has ensured that solely real voters are accredited to vote throughout election.
He equally stated the introduction of the INEC Outcome Viewing (IReV) Portal will make the election end result administration process extra clear as polling Unit outcomes might be uploaded in real-time to the IReV portal for public view.
“I want to restate as soon as once more the dedication of INEC to credible elections. Votes will proceed to rely and would be the sole determinant of electoral consequence
“For that reason, the fee has launched many new improvements, supported by the deployment of acceptable know-how, to guard the sanctity of the selection made by Nigerians on the polls starting from voter registration to voter accreditation and end result administration,” he stated.
The INEC boss nevertheless reminded political events and candidates to decide to peaceable electioneering including that the fee can pay particular consideration to the observance of limits on occasion and candidates’ funds.
“As campaigns start, I additionally want to remind political events and candidates that solely final week, you all signed the Peace Accord organised by the Nationwide Peace Committee (NPC) during which you dedicated yourselves to peaceable electioneering marketing campaign. I urge you to be guided by the letter and spirit of the Accord.
“For our half, the fee can pay explicit consideration to the conduct of events, candidates and their supporters. As a regulator, the Fee will play its position to make sure compliance with the availability of the regulation in addition to our tips and rules.
“We can pay explicit consideration to peaceable marketing campaign devoid of abusive, intemperate and slanderous language in addition to using innuendoes or insinuations more likely to provoke a counter-reaction ensuing within the breach of the peace.
“Equally, we can pay particular consideration to the observance of limits on occasion and candidate finance. I urge political events and candidates to fastidiously research the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and familiarise themselves with their obligations in addition to the penalties underneath the regulation,” he stated.