As Nigerians prepare for the general elections, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has urged journalists to rely on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for results of the forthcoming general elections.
Zone E Vice-President of NUJ, Mr Alhassan Yahaya who gave the advice during an interview on Tuesday in Gombe, also urged newsmen to be conversant with the extant electoral laws in the discharge of their duties.
According to him, announcing results that have not been declared by INEC is a crime and a dis-service to journalism, a profession, he notes prides on accuracy and objectivity.
“I call on journalists to rely on information from INEC during the forthcoming general elections. Do not rely on social media report or anybody or organisation other than INEC.
“The commission is the only body mandated to announce any election result and that must be respected, as any violation is against the ethics of journalism.
“We must not use what we have heard during voting to influence our reports, but wait patiently on INEC to give the figures to be announced,’’ he said.
“As journalists, our job is to educate, enlighten and sensitise Nigerians with the accurate and factual news report; in doing that, we must be objective and not partisan.’’