ROLE OF RADIO IN POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND MOBILIZATION IN AKWA IBOM STATE ELECTION

 Abstract

The study aims at examining the role of radio in political participation and mobilization in Akwa Ibom State election with a case study of Planet 101.1 FM, Atlantic 104.5 FM and AKBC 90.5 FM. Responses from the respondents indicated that radio stations in Akwa Ibom played a very crucial role in political awareness, mobilization, education and in the entire political development especially during election in the state. It did educate and sensitize masses on various activities such as registration, how to handle voter’s card, what to wear during election, how to participate in politic. The researcher adopted survey research method with 150 copies of questionnaires administered to 150 respondents who were drawn selected and 142 were retrieved. Simple random sampling technique was also adopted to select respondents. Data analysis of this research use frequency and percentage method. It was recommended that broadcast media should be free from few influential politicians avoid turning the media into tools of propaganda.

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