The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has directed all radio and television stations in the country to restrict themselves to only communicating the official Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) results to the public.
IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma said radio and television stations should not communicate unofficial results or engage phone in programmes that allow for speculation because this would cause alarm and panic to the public.
Ms. Mapoma said in a statement to ZANIS today that all radio and television stations should adhere to the electoral code of conduct.
The electoral code of conduct states that, “all media shall disclose accurate election results and shall provide updates on the progress of the vote counting process and shall not speculate election results but shall broadcast confirmed election results as they are announced and published by presiding officers”.
Meanwhile, Ms. Mapoma has reminded radio and television stations of their critical role of promoting peace and unity in the post-poll period.
She therefore urged the radio and television stations to be responsible in their reporting adding that these are the demands of responsible journalism.