Don’t allow political parties to polarise media space-EC Chair

The Chairperson of Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana Madam Charlotte Osei has called on journalists to focus on reforms introduced by her outfit than allow media space for political parties and their leaders to polarise the nation. 
She bemoaned the indifferent attitude of the media to the over 20 different reforms introduced by the EC ahead of the  2016 Elections .
Ultimate News’ Wilberforce Asare reports that she criticized the media for concentrating on irrelevant issues  than focusing on issues of national interest.
On the work of the Commission, the EC boss said all the reforms being introduced by her team have had very little media attention and on the contrary, the legal battles and suspicions over the EC’s work has received all the attention.
The EC chair was addressing a cross section of the media who are attending a training workshop organized by the KAIPTC on election reporting and security on the theme the ‘towards peaceful elections, reporting on elections and security in 2016’.
“…As a neutral party within all these actors within this field of elections, we would have wished that the media would be examining the policies and rules of the game as set by the EC in this elections and commenting on whether these rules ensure fair play or otherwise. Disappointingly, we have not seen this so far.

“There has been no publication in the media seriously examining the more than 20 reforms which the electoral commission is implementing in this year’s election cycle and their consequences on the elections, we have not seen a single report on how the results can actually be compromised or manipulated from an operational perspective; which will now require that the media will call on the EC to resolve those operational gaps that they have identified,” she said.

By: Ghana/