Two presidential debates to be held in July


The Kenya Editors Guild has announced that it will hold the first presidential debate on July 12, 2022.

KEG President Churchill Otieno said the second debate would be held two weeks later on July 26.

However, in between the two debates, Otieno said there would be debates for presidential running mates.

The KEG President was speaking Monday at a media stakeholders’ workshop with the IEBC in Mombasa.

He said the media will shortly release an updated Election Reporting Guidelines.

“…and proceed to mount election training across the country to prepare ourselves for the assignment,” he said.

Otieno said the training will seek to elevate reportage to a standard that emphasises verification; sensitise on the rights of journalists and the media in political and democratic processes.

“…and empower journalists to interrogate issues, to seek information, and safeguard their role in society as frontline human rights defenders,” he said.

On the rights of the people in the political process, Otieno said they will design a plan for media to empower citizens to fully participate at each stage of the electoral process and thereafter as a right.

This includes civic education, educating people on their rights and their duty to hold politicians, political parties, candidates to account throughout their tenures.

“To this end, we will in October 2021 have a session with the civil society and the political parties to explore how best to serve the voter,” he said.


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