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NBC shuts Ekiti Broadcast Service over illegal announcement of poll result

NBC shuts Ekiti Broadcast Service over illegal announcement of poll result
July 14
23:51 2018
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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered the immediate shut down of Ekiti Broadcast Service.

This was announced in a statement issued on Saturday night.

The regulatory body indicted the station of breaching provisions of the broadcasting code.

Ayodele Fayose, governor of the state, had spoken on a programme of the service while collation of results were ongoing.

The governor had declared Kolapo Olusola, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the governorship election, accusing securities of bias.

But NBC condemned the action of the station, wondering why it allowed the governor declare results of the election when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had not announced it.

“The commission has taken the decision to curb the continued breach of the Electoral Act and the Broadcasting Code on Political Broadcast,” NBC said in a statement.

“The commission is particularly irked by the unauthorised declaration of results by the state governor in the state BRoadcast station.

“This is after he went in air to make malicious and unsubstantiated comments against INEC, the Police and the SSS. The station will remain shut down until further notice.”

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