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NBC sanctions 25 broadcast stations over elections coverage

Gives last warning to 16 stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanctioned 25 stations for violating the Nigeria Broadcasting Code during the presidential and national assembly elections.

Speaking at a news conference in the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday, NBC director general, Balarabe Ilelah said the commission served warning letters to 16 other erring stations.

Ilelah said some of the stations allowed their platforms to be used by guests, callers, and analysts to score unhealthy political points inimical to the corporate existence of the country.

“Prior to and during the recently-concluded presidential and national assembly elections, the commission sanctioned 25 broadcast stations.

“Sixteen others were given final warnings over contravention of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

“Seventeen stations received sanctions for the broadcast of partisan content during the 24 hours prior to the election.

“One station was sanctioned for announcing results before authorised returning officers made them public, while three stations were sanctioned for inciting comments.

“Four stations were sanctioned for divisive, ethnic, and religious content, while 16 stations were given final warnings for various infringements.

“They must also adhere to the national broadcasting act CAP N11 laws of the federation, 2004.

“The code admonishes broadcasters to ensure that the broadcast of a political campaign, jingle, announcement and any other form of partisan identification or symbol ends not later than 24 hours before polling day.

“It states that any vote obtained at a polling station or from an exit poll should not be used to project or speculate on the chances of a candidate.

“Very importantly, it states that election results or declaration of the winner can only be made by the authorised electoral officer for the election. Broadcasters shall be responsible for the content of the station’s broadcast”, added Ilelah.

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