GJA tasks media to be professional in reportage on election petition verdict

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GJA President and Chief Justice

The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) has admonished its members to exude professionalism in their reportage on the final verdict of the Supreme Court in the election petition case.

Addressing the press ahead of the verdict, the president of the GJA, Roland Affail Monney, called for non-sensational and non-partisan reportage.

“We are praying that there will be nothing [tragic] about tomorrow’s coverage of the judgement of the Supreme Court case. We want you to enhance the coverage of the hearings,” he admonished yesterday.

GIBA

Meanwhile, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association wants people to stop inciting the media against the Judicial Service.

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This follows the recent release from the Judicial Service requesting the media to pull down stories that convey hateful reportage against the Judiciary.

Also speaking at the presser, the Executive Secretary of GIBA, Gloria Hiadzi, asked for a cordial relationship between the media and judiciary for nation-building.

“Let us not see each other as people from distant poles but rather work together to achieve a common end,” she said

He further urged journalists to “reduce the excesses that have sometimes characterised our reportage.”

Final verdict

The Supreme Court will today deliver its judgement in the election petition that has lasted for over two months now.

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The 2020 presidential candidate of the NDC, John Mahama, petitioned the Supreme Court over the outcome of the presidential election, claiming that no candidate garnered the needed votes to be declared the winner, and called for a re-run.

Mr Mahama took the Electoral Commission to the Court following the December 9, 2020, declaration of President Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner of the poll.

He had urged the Supreme Court, amidst strong opposition from lawyers for President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission, to nullify the declaration and to cause a re-run between him and President Akufo-Addo.

Citinewsroom

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