Anambra Election: NBC Warns against Inciting Broadcast
Omolosho Fatai Olamilekan
The National Broadcasting Commission has warned broadcast stations against airing content capable of breaking the unity of the country, as the Anambra election holds on Saturday, November 6.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Anambra Election: NBC warns against broadcasts that compromise the Unity of Nigeria’, signed by NBC Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah, on Thursday.
Ilelah charged all broadcast stations to desist from using or allowing their platform and facilities to be used for the broadcast of content that may lead to the breakdown of law and order.
The commission also warned that any broadcaster breach NBC’s provision of code will be sanctioned.
The statement listed some laws which broadcasters are to follow while covering the election.
The provision of the Code read, “3.11.1 (a) ensure that language or scene likely to encourage or incite to crime or lead to order, is not broadcast;
“3.11.1 (b) ensure that no programme contains anything which amounts to subversion of constituted authority or comprises the unity or corporate existence of Nigeria as a sovereign state;
“5.41 (f ) not transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.
“5.3.3(j) ensure that the broadcast of a partisan political campaign, jingle, announcement and any form of partisan political party identification or symbol ends not later than twenty-four hours before polling day;
“5.3.3 (k) not use any vote obtained at a polling station or from an exit poll to project or speculate on the chances of a candidate;
“5.3.3 (I) relay election results or declaration of the winner only as announced by the authorized electoral officer for election;
“5.3.4 In exception circumstance, a government functionary may perform a service relating period , provided there is no coloration of partisanship by the official or the broadcaster.”