The leadership of the Bayelsa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has expressed it readiness to collaborate with genuine interest groups and NGO’s whose goal is to ensure free, fair, credible and peaceful Gubernatorial election in the state.
The Council Chairman, Comrade Samuel Numonengi disclosed this when the leadership of YIAGA AFRICA, a Non Governmental Organization whose sole responsibility is to monitor elections with the aim to promote democratic principles in Africa paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre in Yenagoa.
Comrade Numonengi said already the leadership of the union in the state has constituted a committee on Election Monitoring and Safety of Journalists and urged the group to work with the committee to ensure a violence free polls in the state.
He said the union will continue to partner with the group particularly in youth enlightenment and publicity as it has done in previous elections and urged the group not to compromise their principles to any individual or political party.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Cynthia Mbamalu who is the project Director for South South, said they were in the Chairman’s office to seek areas of collaboration with the NUJ whose role is critical to the promotion of peaceful and credible elections.
She said YIAGA AFRICA is an electoral monitoring group nick named WATCHING THE VOTE PROJECT, which entails systematic observation of the electoral process in order to promote electoral integrity and eventually boost the people’s confidence.
She noted that YIAGA AFRICA would deploy accredited observers to all the polling units in the local government areas of the state to provide accurate and timely information on the electoral process.
According to her, YIAGA AFRICA is a non partisan and an independent organization that is guided by the electoral laws and guidelines of the country and works towards the promotion of accountability, social justice and credible elections.
Secretary NUJ Bayelsa State Council.