The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday called for improved collaboration with media practitioners to improve credible election and deepening of democracy in Nigeria.
Jega made the call at a meeting with news manager titled, “Experience Sharing Dialogue with Media Professionals’’.
He urged media practitioners to collaborate with INEC on exchange of information to ensure that the citizens and the voters were appropriately informed on credible election in the country.
“Really, it is very important that the media play required roles for credible elections.
“Generally a situation where there is no mutual relationship between electoral body and the media practitioners does not augur well for the conduct of a credible election.
“We need to all work together to bridge information and communication gap such that we can give the information you require to do objective and constructive analysis than doing speculative journalism.
“Ensuring mutual information and communication flow between INEC and media will go a long way to improving our election process and deepening our democracy.
“This is the ultimate goal to have sustainable democracy for all generations,’’ Jega said.
The chairman said the commission, learning from the 2011 elections, was putting in place necessary preparations and implementations of strategic plans to conduct credible elections by 2015.
Jega said in preparing for 2015 election, the commission within the last 24 months had focused on implementation of certain structure, policy and plan.