- NDC's General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has slammed the Ghanaian media for its supposed silence on happenings at the Electoral Commission of Ghana
- According to the NDC scribe, the media as the watchdog of the country and the fourth estate of the realm must be vigilant and speak against the wrongs being perpetrated by the EC
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has criticised the media for refusing to speak up about “wrong things” happening at the Electoral Commission (EC).
General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the supposed silence of the media on dangerous happenings at the EC could lead the country into turmoil.
He called on the media to be up and doing, adding that, should there be war in the country, it is journalists who will die first.
Mr. Asiedu was speaking at a symposium organised by the Koforidua Technical University chapter of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN).
“When you take a look across Africa, you can count the number of countries that have gone to war because of rough elections or dispute after elections. You have Cote D’viore, you have Togo, name them Congo everywhere.
“If you are there and you see the Electoral commission doing the wrong things and you say that I am a media man I don’t care about electoral commission I don’t participate in IPAC, I weep for you because when elections are compromised and there is conflict in the country do you know the people who die first – the media people,” he warned.
The NDC General Secretary added that it is the duty of journalists to expose the inconsistencies at the EC.
He said the media must “take the lead to ensure that the electoral system is clean and authentic and that it can deliver the actual will of the people as expressed during voting day.”
“…whilst everybody is running away for their dear lives it is your duty to capture pictures of people running away. When guns are being shot it is your duty to go and see from which angle the guns are being fired and who is winning the war…..and you are not immune to bullet,” Mr. Nketia said.
He further slammed the posture of the Electoral Commissioner and her deputies, insisting Ghanaians must be concerned.
“I have never heard in any country where the chairperson of the Electoral Commission will talk to political parties and tell them that we don’t owe you explanation about anything we do in this place. And yet we are sitting there as if we don’t care.
“A large section of the media think they don’t care and so they are interested in suppressing news about that. You are suppressing the canker that will come and hunt you in future,” he added.
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