Only 50 per cent of polling units have 2G/3G network to transmit election results –NCC


By Henry Okonkwo

The Nigerian Communications Commission has said that only about 50 per cent of polling units in the country had 3G network that can transmit elections results electronically.

Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Mr Ubale Maska, made this known while addressing the House of Representatives on Friday in Abuja.

Recall that the commission was invited to brief the lawmakers following the uproar that erupted in the House on Thursday, while members were considering clause 52 of the Electoral Amendment Bill.

Responding to questions from lawmakers, Maska told the House that in 2018, the commission analyzed the 119,000 polling units in the country.

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According to him, about 50.3 per cent of the polling units have 3G and 2G network coverage, while parts of the remaining 46.7 have only 2G and the rest do not have coverage at all.

He explained that only polling units with 3G network coverage could transmit election results electronically.

He, however, explained that results could be uploaded in areas covered by 2G and later be moved to an area with 3G for the transmission to be completed.

On the possibility of hacking the process, Maska said that no system could be 100 per cent free from the activities of hackers.

Maska recalled that the 2016 presidential elections in the United States were widely believed to be hacked, saying that activities of hackers were reported daily.


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