Sharing Experiences on Reporting Elections: UNDP DGD II and NUJ hold International Conference

Sep 25, 2013

Abuja Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – To share experiences on media reporting of elections ahead of the 2015 Elections, the UNDP Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) project in collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) will hold a two-day international conference with the theme: “International Experience Sharing on Media and Elections” from September 26 – 27 2013; at the Rockview Classic Hotel, Wuse II, Abuja, from 8:30am daily.

The objective of the conference is for media practitioners to share experiences and best practices from the Africa region in the area of media and elections to enhance the capacity of the INEC and Media to support the integrity of the 2015 elections. The Conference will feature participants from Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania, Togo, Ghana and Kenya, who will highlight case studies on positive and negative use of the media in the electoral process.

Speaking on the conference, DGD II Project Director; Dr. Mourtada Deme said: “The media have a critical agenda setting role to support the integrity and credibility of elections. Not only must they take a lead role in ensuring that citizens are adequately mobilized, but they should also ensure that the entire process is open to public scrutiny. This conference will provide an integral opportunity for journalists to share their experiences to ensure best practice reporting for the 2015 elections.”

DGD II is a joint donor funded project managed by UNDP in support of deepening democracy in Nigeria. The project is funded with contributions from the European Commission (EC), the UK Department for International Development (DFiD), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).  The project provides technical and financial support to the Independent National Electoral Commission, civil society organizations, and institutions such as the judiciary, the media, national and state assemblies, and political parties as a means of strengthening accountable and responsive governance institutions, and consolidating democratic governance in line with international best practices.
Contact informationName: Blaise Murphet
Title: Communications Specialist
Email: blaise.murphet@undp.org

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