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26 July 2017

2016 Polls: Charging Journalists for Accreditation not unusual – EC

The Electoral Commission Wednesday, July, 26 justified its decision for charging Journalists for an Accreditation for the 2016 election coverage.

The Chairperson of the commission, Charlotte Osei told parliament that it was not unusual for the commission to ask the media to pay an amount of GHS10 for accreditation to enable them have access to polling stations.

She claimed the decision to charge media practitioners[both local and international] for accreditation was not a bad practice.

“This is not the first time the Commission has charged journalists for accreditation. This had happened in the District Assembly elections and so it wasn’t the first time.

“Judging by the numbers; that’s 4,271 and the way that the media covered the elections very effectively, we don’t think it is a bad practice.” Osei told parliament Wednesday.

The EC’s decision to provide accreditation cards for the media at a fee was met with public outrage as critics argued this was unconventional to Ghana’s electoral process.

Many said the EC was provided a budget for the polls by government, hence the GHS10 fee for the Accreditation was an unjustifiable charge by the commission.

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