The Electoral Commission of Ghana is asking media houses to be circumspect in their reportage of election results during the November polls.
At a media workshop organized by the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) on “responsible reportage for election 2016”, Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, Georgina Opoku Amankwah, said when media houses declare results of elections ahead of the commission’s certified results, it creates confusion and incites supporters of political parties to engage in violent acts.
“Calling results and declaring results ahead of the commission’s certified results are recipe for disaster and as such the media should refrain from doing such,” she said.
She further explained that the successful conduct of elections in any country is very critical in the advancement of democracy, peace and development.
“The successful conduct of elections in 2016 and everywhere is critical to the advancement of our democracy and maintenance of both national as well as global peace and security.”
Meanwhile the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association has hinted that it would be releasing a code of conduct in June this year to regulate the activities of media houses.