NBC Warns Broadcast Stations Against Publishing Election Results Before INEC
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has asked all broadcast media stations not to announce election results before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
NBC also 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.
This was disclosed in a statement by, Francisca Aiyetan, director of broadcast monitoring, on Wednesday. She said the directive is to ensure the media enables a credible electoral process.
In line with the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, the commission also ordered all broadcast media houses to end all partisan political programmes and advertisements by Thursday.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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, NBC added, is when a government official may perform a service relating to his/her office within the 24-hour campaign restriction period, provided there is no colouration of partisanship by the official or the broadcaster.
“The broadcaster shall not permit any political campaign or advertisement on its facilities 24 hours preceding polling day or on polling day,” the statement reads.
“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 an authorized electoral officer for the election.
“The broadcaster is therefore by this letter advised to end all partisan political programmes by 11:59 pm on Thursday 23rd of February 2023. Please be advised!”