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Speakers in a workshop for highlighting election laws.

PESHAWAR:Experts on electoral and governance have urged journalists for highlighting election laws and code of

conduct for the candidates to ensure transparency and impartiality of the

public and private institutions in the general election.

The three-day training session for journalists on civic education, election laws and administrative and role of political parties was organized under the auspices of Individual land, a research based

consulting and advocacy firm in collaboration with Tabeer - Consolidating

Democracy in Pakistan

The training workshop concluded here Sunday was participated by journalists from both print and electronic media at large.

On the first day of the training workshop, the participants were given tips on reporting on politics and political parties, monitoring the performance of political parties while on second day

they were given detail lecture on the 'Media role in efficient functioning of

the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)' and key points of the Election Act

2017 and Role of Media to Sensitize Citizens regarding Election Laws.

Similarly, on the third day, experts on governance delivered speeches on Civic Education, Good Governance, their Elements, Role of Local Government, Concept of Citizenship, Local

Governance and Accountability and Identifying Civic Indicators.

Addressing the participants, Khurram Malik from Tabeer said that media should thoroughly delineate manifestos released by political parties, so that the citizens are well aware about the roadmap that

the party is going to follow if elected to form the government.

Shabir Ahmad, an elections expert while sensitizing journalists on the new

elections act 2017 was of the view that "the new Act has a number of

distinguishing features from the previous laws, however, it is the media's

responsibility to discuss these features in their elections related

reporting,".

On the third-day of the training, Malik Masood from the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) while conducting the session on Civic Education and Good Governance said

that "civic education and good governance are inter-related therefore, the

media needs to educate citizens to become civic minded for better governance.

The organization has already organized similar trainings in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta. Saghir Ahmed Naqash and Mushoud Ali facilitated the training on behalf of Individualland Pakistan.

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