The Electoral Commission (EC) will be requiring accreditation fees from journalists who wish to cover the elections on December 7.
The Commission is however yet to determine the fee to be paid, according to a statement signed by its Head of Communications, Eric Dzakpasu.
It will be recalled that in September 2015, some journalists in the Ashanti and Western Regions, were asked by the EC to pay an amount of GHc 8before getting accreditation to cover the exercise.
Citi News’ Ashanti regional correspondent, Hawa Iddrisu, who confirmed this on Eyewitness News, said most of the journalists agreed to pay the amount to get the chance to cover the elections.
According to her, the Ashanti regional director of the EC, Paul Boateng, said the Commission could no longer bear the cost for the production of the accreditation, hence the charge.
Find below the full EC statement.
MEDIA ACCREDITATION-OBSERVATION OF ELECTIONS, 2016
The Commission wishes to announce that it will from Monday, 31st October to Monday 7th of November 2016 accept applications from media houses who are interested in observing the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
All media houses who would wish to observe the elections are hereby requested to submit the names and details of their personnel per the enclosed format to the Commission by close of day Monday, 7th of November 2016.
MEDIA ACCREDITATION APPLICATION FORMAT
|S/N||NAME OF PERSONNEL||CONTACT NO.||NAME OF MEDIA HOUSE|
All requests for accreditation should be sent through the Regional representatives of the GJA to the Communications Unit of the Electoral Commission or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accreditation tags will be given to only those who have formally applied for it and for a fee to be determined by the Commission.
Any request submitted after the deadline of 7th November, 2016 will not be considered.
Signed: ERIC KOFI DZAKPASU, Head of Communications