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Journalists identify potential violence triggers

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They include: hate speech;fake news; perceived partisanship by security agencies and electoral officials; late arrival of election materials at polling centres; and delay in announcement of election results.

Others are: conflicting court orders on election disputes; proliferation of small arms and light weapons; election rigging and unethical media apply, among others.

The concerns were raised during cluster discussions at the two-day forum union by search for common ground (SFCG), a world non-profit organisation.

The news agency of Federal Republic of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants, WHO are principally journalists, were drawn from various media and civil society organisations from across the country.

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Veteran journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of NAN, mr Alli doc, set the tone in a paper titled: Mitigating Electoral Violence: The Role of the Media.

Hakeem aforesaid the media had a critical role to play in averting and mitigating violence before, during and when the polls through accountable reportage.

He noted that politicians, in their desperate bid to win elections in any respect prices, would invariably try and use the media to propagate their egotistical agenda.

Media practitioners must, therefore, rise higher than the fray and adhere strictly to the journalistic principles of objectivity, balance and fairness in their coverage of the elections, he said.

The resource person enjoined journalists to refrain from reportage inflammatory comments and hate speeches, and specialize in the problems.

After leaving the campaign scene, and also the politician is sensing that he or she might lose the election, he or she begins to adopt such a big amount of strategies, particularly use of the media.

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