Maldives Broadcasting Commission (Broadcom) has called on two local broadcasters, Sangu TV and Channel 13, to disclose the airtime allotted for candidates contesting in the upcoming presidential elections.
Broadcom had announced that all broadcasters are required to send details of the time allotted for each candidate to the commission under the General Elections Act.
Broadcom earlier revealed that the commission probed nine broadcasters who did not disclose the required information on the time allotted for each officially announced presidential candidate, as per the regulations after the ratification of the new amendment to the General Elections Act.
The recently ratified amendment to the General Elections Act dictates that all broadcasters must give equal airtime to all candidates and prohibit the sale of more airtime to candidates.
The recently ratified amendment also gives Broadcom the power to penalize any broadcaster that violates the regulations. Upon ratification of the amendment, Broadcom was required to establish regulations to receive complaints and airtime violators of the amendment. Broadcom would also be required to forward all cases to the Elections Commission (EC) after investigation.
With the upcoming presidential elections slated for September 23, the candidates officially announced in the run for presidency are President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and opposition coalition's candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu).