HURIDAC LAUNCHES 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS MEDIA GUIDELINE FACTSHEET
The Human Rights Advancement, Development and Advocacy Centre (HURIDAC) today in Lagos launched it’s 2023 general elections media factsheet with the goal of supporting the media on their role in covering the political party’s anti-corruption campaign in the upcoming 2023 general elections in Lagos State.
According to the press statement signed by the Executive Director of HURIDAC Mr. Ayodele Ameen, but read to the press by the Executive Assistant HURIDAC Ms Mfon Enoidem, “HURIDAC is calling on important media stakeholders to prioritize the coverage of anti corruption plans around the elections”.
HURIDAC stated that, we are particular about the media’s obligations to voters, candidates, and political parties. The priority is to be able to raise awareness on anti-corruption plans among voters, whether or not corruption is addressed in political party constitutions, as well as the candidates’ pledges to fight it.
The organization noted that it is a globally acknowledged fact that corruption has become not only a national menace but also a global threat to the existence of humanity which must be confronted frontally with all the resources it deserves within the ambit of the law. Hence, HURIDAC wants the media who are covering the campaign activities in the upcoming 2023 general elections in Lagos State to educate and sensitize the public on anti-corruption issues so that voters are aware of and can understand each party’s anti-corruption campaign pledges.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Samuel Asimi senior programme officer at CISLAC, thanked HURIDAC for always being at the forefront of the fight against corruption and for being a worthy partner in raising public consciousness about the menace constituted to our society by it. He also appreciated the media for being a vibrant stakeholder in the quest to keep the electorate informed about corruption and other issues to enable them make informed decisions as we look ahead to the 2023 general elections and solicited their support and cooperation at all times for the sake of a better society.
The guidelines released to the press at the media parley itemized the role of the media as:
- Raising awareness among voters on Anti-corruption
- To evaluate the role of the candidate and party in previous corruption cases.
- Give easy access for the people to complain about anti-corruption cases
- To present an in-depth research result of the party and the candidate on their anti-corruption footprint for the people to decide.