Opening of Seminar for Private Non-Commercial Radios Stations on Proper Media Coverage for 2015 Elections

The Information Officer, Maxine Lunn giving a participant a poster containing the rules to follow for the coverage of elections (Dept. of State)
The Information Officer, Maxine Lunn giving a participant a poster containing the rules to follow for the coverage of elections (Dept. of State)

ABIDJAN – In Grand-Bassam on Tuesday, July 21, the Embassy of the United States, in collaboration with the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA), inaugurated a series of training workshops for private non-commercial radio stations.  This program, managed by USAID/OTI through its partner CITI2, also initiates the distribution of posters and brochures with the rules that radio stations need to observe during this election season in accordance with their specifications.

These training workshops will reach over a hundred proximity radio stations in the Abidjan District and other regions of Côte d’Ivoire about the importance of a peacefulelection. In addition to the session in Grand-Bassam, two other workshops will be held in Man and in Yamoussoukro.

It is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support Côte d’Ivoire during this election period. The goal of this program is to strengthen the capacity of the radio stations and enable them to prepare for the next elections, in compliance with applicable regulations.  By the end of this program, local radio stations will be trained to produce programs on civics and citizenship. Participants will also be able to apply the rules governing audiovisual communication and the specific provisions relating to the election period.

In her opening remarks, the representative for Terence P. McCulley, Ambassador of the United States in Côte d’Ivoire, stressed the important role of the media in this election period, including proximity radio stations, to inform, educate and raise awareness. “Your duty is to educate your audience on their civil rights and encourage them to vote, because voting is their right. You should also inform people when to vote but especially tell them where they should vote. Through the dissemination of this information, your stations will contribute to a peaceful election and ensure broad participation in the upcoming elections,” said the Ambassador’s representative.