The Commission is holding a workshop with journalists to enhance media relations and increase understanding of the electoral process and activities in the run up to the General Election. The participants who will become Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) have been drawn from all media outlets.
Kenya Union of Journalists Secretary General Eric Oduor says majority of journalists who will be covering the 9th August General Elections have no past experience on election reporting, and the ToTs must reach out to them by cascading the knowledge they receive from the workshop to all regions.
Cases of intimidation of journalists by authorities, especially where coverage of those in power does not favour them, has reduced the safe spaces for media operation. However, newsroom safety is critical to any progressive democracy and all stakeholders need to ensure that journalists carry out their daily duties without compromising their security.
The workshop will have training sessions in the areas of election management and reporting, fact-checking, constructive journalism by addressing biases, conflict and possible solutions, and safety & security of journalists while covering elections.
The ToTs will then cascade and facilitate training of journalists across various regions including Nairobi, Coastal, Western, North Rift, Central, Eastern and North-Eastern regions.
IEBC Deputy Commission Secretary/CEO Ruth Kulundu told participants that the media remains a major stakeholder as IEBC plans for the 9th August General Election. It is the Commission’s responsibility to work closely with media to deliver a free, fair, transparent and credible elections.
IEBC notes that the training will not impede the media from carrying out its primary roles, rather it will widen their scope in reporting on any election activity.
IEBC Deputy Commission Secretary/CEO Ruth Kulundu observed that the media will always play a pivotal role to enhance democracy and as major stakeholders, she urged that they extend their support to the Commission.