NBC warns broadcast stations not to announce election results before INEC


National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned all broadcast media stations not to announce election results before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does.

Director of Broadcast Monitoring, Francisca Aiyetan, in a statement, on Wednesday, said the directive was to ensure that the media enabled a credible electoral process.

The Commission further asked media houses to refrain from using votes obtained at a polling station, or from exit polls, to project or speculate on the chances of a candidate.

In line with the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, NBC ordered all broadcast media houses to end all partisan political programmes and advertisements by Thursday.

The statement warned: “The National Broadcasting Commission wishes to underscore the enormous responsibility trust on broadcasters at this period and therefore calls for strict adherence to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the Electoral Act in order to ensure sane airwave that will enable a free, fair, credible and transparent election.

“Consequently, the commission enjoins broadcasters to note, for full compliance, the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code; the broadcaster shall ensure that the broadcast of a partisan political campaign, jingle, announcement and any form partisan party identification or symbol ends not later than twenty-four hours before polling day.”

“The only exception,” the statement added, “is when a government functionary may perform a service relating to his office within the 24-hour campaign restriction period, provided there is no colouration of partisanship by the official or the broadcaster.”

The statement read further, “The broadcaster shall not permit any political campaign or advertisement on its facilities 24 hours preceding polling day or on polling day.

“The broadcaster shall not use any vote obtained at a polling station or from exit poll, to project or speculate on the chances of a candidate.

“The broadcaster shall relay election results or declaration of the winner only as announced by authorized electoral officer for the election.

“The broadcaster is therefore by this letter advised to end all partisan political programmes by 11:59pm on Thursday 23rd of February 2023. Please be advised!”

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