The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) represented by the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska at a public hearing told the members of the house of representative that less than 50% of the country enjoys 3G Internet coverage for which adequate electronic transmission is required in the next election.
Having being summoned and questioned by the House of Representatives over the suitability of the use of electronic devices for the transmission of election results in the country.
Engr. Ubale Maska, who spoke on behalf of the team, told members that as at 2018, when the Commission carried out a survey of 109,000 polling units, of the country’s 119,000 polling units were covered. He also mentioned the surveyed polling unit areas were covered mostly by the 3G and 2G networks, which represents about 50.3% of the entire country.
He said about 49.7% of the national spread did not have internet coverage, which will be required for real-time electronic transmission of electoral results.
When asked if 2G technology could be used for electronic transmission of results, Engr. Maska said though he wished the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was around to answer, however, only 3G could transmit results effectively.
It would be recalled the House had on Thursday, July 15, 2021, invited the NCC to brief it on the nation’s network coverage before continuing debate on the contentious issue of electronic transmission of results during elections.