ABEC Chairman Reminds Media of Role In Elections

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Wednesday 7th March, 2018 – The Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission is reminding media establishments of their roles during the upcoming general elections, pursuant to Section 36 of the Representation of the People’s Act.

In a meeting this morning with local media practitioners, Nathaniel ‘Paddy James said media establishments have a responsibility to be impartial in their election coverage. He says candidates and political parties should not be barred from disseminating their information, regardless of the establishment they choose to get the message across.

He warns there can be consequences for those who refuse to accommodate such persons.

The ABEC chairman acknowledges there are existing media establishments that are aligned with political parties, but he pointed out that the law is clear that the opportunity must be given to those seeking the services of the entity to get their message across.

Nathaniel “Paddy” James, Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission.