Officials of the National Communications Commission on Friday were questioned over the suitability of the use of electronic devices for the transmission of election results in the country.
The Commission was represented before the House members by the Executive Commissioner in Charge of Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Ahmed Maska and the Executive Commissioner in Charge of Stakeholders’ Management, Mr. Adeleke Moronfolu Adewolu.
Maska, who spoke on behalf of the team, told members that only about 50% of the country enjoys 3G Internet coverage for which electronic transmission of result could rely on.
He said as at 2018 when the commission carried a survey, 109,000 polling units out of the country’s 119,000 polling units were covered.
He said these were covered mostly by the 3G and 2G networks which represents about 50.1% of the entire country.
He said about 49.7% of the national spread did not have coverage.
Asked if 2G technology could be used for electronic transmission of results, Engr. Maska said though he wished INEC was around to answer, he said only 3G could transmit results effectively.