African Elections Project to Cover Namibia Elections 2009
For immediate release
WINDHOEK, Namibia 26 November 2009 -
African Elections Project to Cover Namibia Elections 2009.
The African Elections Project (AEP) www.africanelections.org/namibia will be covering Namibia 's 4th general election, taking place on November 27th and 28th 2009, to elect a president and parliamentary representatives. AEP in conjunction with its partners, Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) www.misa.org held a two-day workshop aimed at equipping journalists with cutting edge Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) skills in elections coverage in Namibia on 28-29 September 2009.
AEP was established in 2008 to empower journalists to cover elections using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) across the continent. After a successful take-off in Ghana, Cote d' Ivoire, Mozambique, Malawi and Guinea.
In Southern Africa, AEP is covering Botswana www.africanelections.org/bostwana elections which took place on 16th October 2009, Mozambique's elections www.africanelections.org/mozambique) which took place on 28th October 2009 and Namibia's elections www.africanelections.org/namibia taking place from 27th to 28th November 2009. The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africawww.osisa.org is providing funding for these countries coverage.
The role of the media in ensuring free and fair elections is indispensable. All over the world the media is playing this important role of ensuring free and fair elections by working with all stakeholders across board.
The media can strengthen the electoral process by providing independent information through impartial coverage. Three important focal issues come into play: access to information on the political process, ability to undertake investigative journalism and documentation of lessons and experiences from the electioneering process.
The African Elections Project is coordinated by Ghana based International Institute for ICT Journalism (www.penplusbytes.org) working hand in hand with key partners.