Nigeria Requires Adequate 3G Coverage for E-Transmission of Elections Results - NCC - Penangle | News Portal in Nigeria
Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
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The Nigerian Communications Communication has cleared the air that less than 50% of Nigeria enjoys 3G internet coverage for which the much talked about electronic transmission of elections results could rely on.

The Commission made this submission at an engagement with the House of Representatives. Represented by the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, NCC. Engr. Ubale Mask and Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Mr. Adeleke Adewolu.

Engr. Maska, who spoke on behalf of the team, told members of the Green Chamber that “less than 50% of the country enjoys 3G Internet coverage for which electronic transmission of results could rely on”.

According to him, “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 added that 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.

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.

Recalled that the passed Electoral amendment bill by the National Assembly had generated heated debate over what was recommended by Senator Kabiru Gaya’s led Senate Committee on INEC, where in, the Committee had in the report recommended in Section 52(3) that INEC “may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when applicable”.

But during the clause by clause consideration of the report, Senator Abdullahi Sabi Aliyu representing Niger North amended the said clause to read, ” INEC may consider electronic collation of results, provided the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secured by the Nigerian Communications Communication and approved by the National Assembly”.

The issue of electronic means of transmitting results had divided the lawmakers at both Chambers along party lines.

It was based on the above that officials of the Nigerian Communications Commission on Friday, July 16, 2021 were interrogated by the House of Representatives over the suitability of the use of electronic devices for the transmission of election results in the country as part of discussion in the House as being provided in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, meant to be passed concurrently.

Specifically, the House had, on Thursday, July 15, 2021, invited the NCC to brief it on the nation’s network coverage so that informed decision could be taken regarding debate on the contentious provision of electronic transmission of results during elections.

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