The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned broadcasters covering and reporting on the 2023 elections not to violate the provisions of existing electoral laws and the Broadcasting Code.
Malam Balarabe Ilelah, the Director-General of NBC, issued the warning in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja.
Ilelah stated that the commission had observed some guests on broadcast stations making volatile allusions capable of causing unrest in the country.
As a result, he enjoined all broadcasters to refrain from using or allowing their platforms and facilities to be used for the broadcast of content that could lead to the breakdown of law and order.
He said: “The NBC reminds all broadcasters covering and reporting the 2023 General Elections to endeavor to abide by the provisions of the Extant Electoral Law(s), the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, and other relevant regulations guiding the broadcast of elections in Nigeria.
” For the avoidance of doubt, the Code admonished broadcasters in the following Sections:
” 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 (l) relay election results or declaration of the winner only as announced by the authorized electoral officer for the election.
“The NBC ACT CAP N11, Laws of the Federation, 2004, also prescribes, in the third Schedule 12(6) that, “A licensee shall be responsible for the content of the Station’s Broadcast.”
He also emphasized the need for broadcasters to perform the role of peace agents by adhering to the principles of responsibility, accuracy, and neutrality.
Ilelah added: ”The commission, while reminding all broadcast stations by this release that they must promote sustainable democracy in Nigeria, also warns that appropriate sanctions would be meted out to any erring station.”