2023 Poll: IPC to interface with INEC, Media, CSOs on challenges of disinformation, misinformation

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By Joy Odor

The Communications Officer of International Press Center (IPC), Ms. Olutoyin Ayoade has informed that experts from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the media and the civil society will this Saturday brainstorm on the challenge of disinformation and misinformation as the 2023 general elections beckons.

In a press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Olutoyin said the interface 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.

She narrated that the interface would be chaired by Professor Jibrin Ibrahim, Chairman of the Editorial Board of Premium Times and Senior Fellow of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) where the INEC Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye would give key note address and outline measures for curbing fake news in the electoral process.

“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”.

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