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Electoral Commission wary of media attacks

04 September 2013, 07:25

Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) slammed some media for recently questioning its capacity to organise the next general election.

Assuring the public of its commitment to uphold credible elections in 2015, INEC, the organisation said such criticism will not deter it.

"The Commission has observed a recent campaign by partisan interests in the media to tar the reputation of its leadership, particularly the Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega.”

"This campaign has so far been waged in the form of serial press reports of alleged financial misdeeds, either directly committed or approved by the Chairman of the Commission. Expectedly, the reports were nothing more than wild allegations, with no iota of proof or evidence to substantiate them.

"Few of these reports indeed crossed the line of journalistic decorum, and are accordingly being processed for libel litigation," Kayode Idowu chief press secretary to the Chairman of the Commission, stated."

Idowu added that the Commission had information that the campaign would not be restricted to the press alone.

"There are reportedly designs to upscale the plot into public displays of hostility towards INEC, such as through rented street rallies against its present leadership, among other measures."

"However, INEC will stay focused on its programmes to deliver elections that will be world class in fairness and credibility, come 2015, despite the daunting challenges," the spokesperson stated.

- CAJ News


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