West Africa journalists get boost to promote democracy

Senegalese Journalist, Alioun Amath being presented with his Certificate. Photo : ECONEC

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Journalists in West Africa could soon benefit from a network to promote the successful conduct of elections in the region.

The idea was voiced by election commissioners in West Africa (ECONEC) at the end of their workshop organized for journalist in Abuja.

The workshop was sponsored by the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ as part of ECONEC’s activities under the 2016/18 Action Plan.

ECONEC urged the ECOWAS Commission and development partners to intensify efforts to underwrite the network and build the capacity of journalists to perform effectively as gatekeepers and critical stakeholders in the delivery of credible elections.

ECONEC said such a move would go a long way in supporting credible elections and consolidate democracy in the ECOWAS region which consists of 15 countries.

The communique urged journalists to diversify and ensure authenticity of their sources of information and structurally engage with other political stakeholders, including election management bodies (EMBs), political parties, security agencies, civil society and the electorate to ensure that everyone played by the rules and also to hold each stakeholder to account.

More than 36 media professionals from the 15 ECOWAS member States attended the workshop.

© Bur-csa – N.A – A.H / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)