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Electoral Commission new logo not approved yet – Deputy Chair

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mr-amadu-sulley-deputy-electoral-commissionerMr Amadu Sulley, Deputy Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) in charge of operations, says the Commission has not reached a conclusive decision on whether or not to change its logo.

He said what appeared in place of its original logo during the EC’s public engagements last week was an intent the EC had not formally approved to be used as its substantive logo.

Mr Sulley said this at a capacity building workshop for media practitioners on election reporting and highlights of Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 91 in Tamale on Saturday.

The workshop was organised by the EC in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development to share information and deepen interaction between the Commission and media practitioners on the thematic areas to promote effective reportage on electoral matters.

Mr Sulley said the EC is monitoring the ensuing debate following the introduction of the new logo and would advise itself at the appropriate time.

A new logo, which appeared in place of the EC’s original logo has generated a lot of debate among the public with many suggesting that the Commission must not change the original one.

He gave the assurance that the elections’ management body is well on course to organise successful polls on November 7.

He therefore, urged media practitioners to ensure that they send the right messages to the public regarding the elections, endeavour to use the right language in elections reportage so as not to confuse the public, and also avoid sensationalism, which could create unnecessary tension.

He advised the journalists to be conversant with the country’s electoral laws and the C.I. 91, which would govern the November polls to ensure accurate reportage on the elections.

Mr Benjamin Nuno, Acting Director of the Information Technology Department of EC asked monitors and observers to be conversant with the laws and adhere to strict international principles to improve the electoral process.

Mr Caesar Abagali, Northern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists’ Association urged media practitioners to remain impartial and ensure that the political parties get equal access to the media to propagate their ideas.

Mr Abagali appealed to EC to strengthen its Communications Department to promptly and adequately respond to issues concerning the elections, and to make use of social media platforms as one of the means of reaching out to the public.

Source: GNA

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