In-order to ensure orderliness and the safety of all participants in the electoral process the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday 8th February 2019 held a Parley with Journalist operating in Abia State .
The State Administrative Secretary of INEC in Abia State Chief Joseph Amala who is also the Chairman of Media Accreditation for the Purpose of Covering 2019 Elections in Abia State rolled out requirements fro any Media Organization that wishes to be accredited.
- i) Journalists are to:
- All accredited journalists are required to display their photo identification tags issued by the Commission at all times during the Polling Day.
- Be at the Polling Unit from the opening of poll on Election Day to observe all stages of the polling process – from voter accreditation, through the voting period, to the counting of ballot papers and pasting of results – provided they do not interfere with polling processes or compromise the voters statutory right to secrecy of his/her vote.
- Move around the Polling Units as long as their movements do not obstruct the flow of voters or the work of poll officials, interview voters, observers or other persons within the polling environment without interfering with the polling process
- Observe the deployment of sensitive materials and the retrieval of used and unused sensitive materials after the polling processes.