By Patrick Obia
Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) has vetted media organizations in the State, while denying the Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) accreditation to cover Saturday, May 30th Local Government election.
ACROJ had on 24th December, 2020 sent a letter to CROSIEC for accreditation, which was collected and signed by a CROSIEC official however, when a member of the association (CrossRiverWatch reporter) was sent to collect the election tags, the Secretary, Mr. Vincent Ogbo Bassey said the union is not on the list after the list was screened by the CROSIEC Chairman, Dr. Mike Ushie.
Pressed further, the Secretary declined additional comments, only adding that, “those are the names given to me by the Chair.
“CrossRiverWatch is not on this list, the Commissioner in charge of media and publicity gave me this and the Chairman vetted it. Your letter was collected but does not mean, it was approved. If you write a letter to an organization, does it mean that they accepted you?” The Secretary queried.
See acknowledgement copy of the letter below.
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