In a bid to promote transparency and openness, the Court of Appeal has announced that the judgment on several presidential election petitions will be televised live. The proceedings, which are scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, 2023, will be open to broadcast by interested television stations.
The Court of Appeal Registrar, Umar Bangari, confirmed this information in a statement to Channels Television on Monday. He listed the petitions that will be covered in the live broadcast, including the cases of Mr. Peter Gregory Obi & Anor versus the Independent National Electoral Commission & 3 Ors, as well as the case of Allied Peoples Movement versus the Independent National Electoral Commission & 4 Ors.
Also on the docket is the case of Abubakar Atiku & Anor versus the Independent National Electoral Commission & 2 Ors. These judgments hold significant importance in the presidential election process and are eagerly anticipated by the public.
While the live broadcast aims to promote transparency, access to the court premises will be restricted to accredited individuals. Only those with proper accreditation, including counsel and representatives of political parties, will be granted entry to the courtroom.
To ensure a hitch-free exercise, the Court of Appeal is appealing for the maximum cooperation of the general public. Interested members of the public are advised to watch the proceedings from the comfort of their own homes through their television sets.
The decision to televise the judgment reflects an effort by the Court of Appeal to uphold the principles of journalism ethics, specifically those of transparency and accountability. By allowing the public to witness the proceedings firsthand, trust in the judicial process is enhanced, and any potential bias or misrepresentation can be minimized.
Broadcasting the judgment on these pivotal presidential election petitions is of great significance as it ensures that the public remains informed and engaged in matters that directly affect the nation’s governance. The outcome of these cases will have far-reaching implications for the political landscape and the democratic process, making it crucial for citizens to have access to accurate and unbiased coverage.