The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei, has criticized the media for ignoring relevant reforms the commission has rolled out to ensure the success of this year’s election.
She said the media report with “glee” spurious allegation about how the EC and its Chair intend to rig the election.
“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 made the comments at a workshop organised by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping training Centre.
The theme for the workshop was: “Towards a peaceful elections: Reporting on elections and security in 2016.”
“Yet every day we are inundated with spurious reports in the media of how the EC and the chair of the EC as a person are rigging the election; and these comments are reported with extreme speed and glee and it’s just amazing to us,” she said.
Charlotte Osei added that “a discredited EC is a recipe for disaster.”