Justice Mambilima calls for fair and balanced media coverage
The Electoral Commission of Zambia chairperson Justice Irene Mambilima has called for fair and balanced coverage from the media as the country heads to the polls.
Justice Mambilima says that fair and balanced coverage will not only contribute to a credible election but can also contribute to a level playing field for all political players participating in the elections.
She says that the media should also play an active role in encouraging stakeholders to support peaceful elections.
She also states that it is also imperative that the media gives accurate and factual information to the electorate to enable them to vote with an informed mind.
She says that the ECZ is concerned about complaints from political parties about unbalanced media coverage of their activities and campaigns.
The ECZ chief further says the commission is also concerned with reports of challenges faced by the media in covering some political parties.
Justice Mambilima has since called for dialogue between political parties and the media in order to accommodate each other.
She was speaking this morning during at a workshop with media heads at Mulungushi international conference center.