J-K’s CEO emphasizes media’s role in ensuring fair elections

SRINAGAR — The Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Saturday said that the media plays the role of watchdog for fair and transparent elections.

Pole during a training programme organized here for the media persons today highlighted the need for a check on fake news and the role of media in ensuring a civil discourse both during and after the election processes.

In preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2024, a one-day workshop for media personnel was organised at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Darul-Intikhab here. The program was attended by representatives of major news outlets of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

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The participants were briefed about all the important aspects of media during the election process including the spread of information, disinformation, fake news, media certification and monitoring committees.

The representatives were also apprised of the code of ethics for social media operations and regulations regarding poll day coverage.

Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole inaugurated the session and stressed the crucial role of media as a watchdog for fair and transparent elections.

National-level master trainers Chand Kishore Sharma and Riaz Ahmed Butt imparted training on several topics including media centres, restrictions of exit and opinion polls, enforcement of MCC and other regulations.

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Chief Electoral Officer J&K in his closing address apprised the participants of various election-related aspects highlighting the need for a check on fake news and the role of media in ensuring a civil discourse both during and after the election processes.

He also emphasized the importance of maintaining good practices and transparency to ensure peaceful and fair elections.

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