No fewer than 400 Journalists have been accredited for Wednesday’s governorship election in Edo, the Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NU), Roland Osakue, has said.
Osakue, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Tuesday in Benin, however, said “these are only practising Nigerian journalists”.
“INEC has accredited at least 400 Nigerian journalists who applied through the union”.
“I, therefore, advise all the accredited journalists for the governorship election to ensure that they carry out their duties professionally in line with the ethics of the profession and in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
“I also advise accredited journalists to ensure that they wear their INEC-branded reflective jackets as well as their tags with their picture on it
. “More importantly, I advise our colleagues to refrain from announcing any results of the election from the field as doing so could cause a breach of the peace.
“ Only INEC is vested with the powers to officially announce election results,’’ the chairman said.
NAN, however, reports that many journalists were still struggling to get accredited at INEC office, Benin, as at the time of filing this report.