THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – According to report, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has launched an online newspaper ahead of 2019 general elections to create more awareness and make its activities known to the whole country.
This was disclosed in a statement by Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary of the commission.
According to the statement, the online newspaper is launched in order to intimate the general public of the activities of INEC as the 2019 election draws closer.
The statement explained that:
‘The sheer magnitude of newsworthy events taking place on a daily basis at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, state and local government offices cannot be entirely accommodated by the traditional and social media platforms in the country.
‘No doubt, we currently enjoy tremendous support from the media. But from my observation, traditional and online newspapers, television and radio stations have competing demands and other economic considerations that often compel them to ration the space or airtime allocated to news about INEC.
‘Sometimes, stories about INEC are distorted or not put in proper context. So we felt that having an online newspaper where our stakeholders can go and obtain detailed information about the goings on at the commission nationwide was desirable.
‘INEC is a big bureaucracy with a long history. It is composed of a chairman, 12 national commissioners (there are 11 at the moment), 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (15 have yet to be appointed), a secretary, directors and over 16,000 staff members spread across its headquarters, state and local government offices.’