IPC Holds Interface With INEC On Electoral Disinformation Misinformation

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IPC Holds Interface With INEC On Electoral Disinformation Misinformation

Experts from INEC, the media and the civil society will on Saturday December 10, 2022, assemble in Abuja to brainstorm on the challenge of disinformation and misinformation as the 2023 general elections beckons.

A statement signed by Olutoyin Ayoade Communications Officer
Component 4 (Support to Media) EUSDGN II Project and made available to Famousreporters.com, states that the interactive session between the INEC and other stakeholders is being organised by the International Press Centre (IPC).

The statement states that the said interface as organised by IPC, the lead partner of component 4 (Support to media) of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria-Phase II (EUSDGN II) project, would feature Festus Okoye as a special guest.

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

According to Ms. Ayoade, leaving the spread of fake news in the electoral process unchecked would in no doubts, not only incite hate speech and electoral violence but also deprive the uninformed voters the opportunity to make informed choices at the polls.

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Furthermore, the release revealed that the EU funded media component aimed basically at ensuring that both the New and Social Media proffer accurate, ethical and inclusive coverage of the Electoral Process.

The release read in detail:

“The interface between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders on flashpoints of electoral disinformation and misinformation ahead of the 2023 Elections is being organised by the International Press Centre (IPC), the lead partner of component 4 (Support to media) of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria-Phase II (EUSDGN II) project.

“To be chaired by Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, Chairman of the Editorial Board of Premium Times and Senior Fellow of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), the interface at which Festus Okoye, INEC Commissioner for Information and Voter Education will give the key note address, is expected to outline measures for curbing fake news in the electoral process.

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“If the spread of fake news in the electoral process is left unchecked it could deny the voters the opportunity to make informed choices at the polls while it may also induce hate speech and electoral violence”.

“As observed during the Nigeria 2019 elections, fake news can be potentially weaponized, if appropriate measures are not properly established to tackle it”, the statement added.

“At least 40 stakeholders including editors, correspondents, CSO representatives, the INEC Director of Voter Education, Mr. Ayo Aluko and the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi are expected at the interface.

“The specific objective of the EU funded media component is to ensure that, “The Media, including New and Social Media, provides fair, accurate, ethical and inclusive coverage of the Electoral Process”.

SGD:
Olutoyin Ayoade
Communications Officer
Component 4 (Support to Media)
EUSDGN II Project
tayoade@ipcng.org

By Famous Reporters

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