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Voters well informed through media:MOG

April 14, 2015 5:31 am

The Multinational Observer Group has concluded political parties had enough access to the media which enabled voters to make an informed decision on Election Day.

This is after majority of the parties had claimed some media outlets were bias during the 2014 general election, and did not give them ample opportunities to project their views.

In its final report, MOG further states the coverage of the electoral campaign in the final weeks before the election included instances of both neutrality and partiality among the local media.

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It says efforts were made by some domestic private media to allocate an equitable amount of airtime to the different candidates and political leaders through special election programs, some media organisations appeared to exhibit political biases.

The MOG has recommended that there is a need for a regulation as well as an independent institution to prevent and adjudicate media biases, thus ensuring a level playing field among election participants.

The group consisted of members from countries like Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and India.

The MOG final report was released yesterday.

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