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E-Voting Transmission: Only 3G Internet coverage can save Nigeria - ITREALMS

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For Nigeria to successfully transmit electoral results in the forthcoming elections, only depends on large scale adoption of Third Generation (3G) Internet coverage, reports 
This was disclosed by the leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Friday at the public hearing of the House of Representatives on the Electronic Transmission of Election Results, which was part of the processes for Electoral Act Amendment Bill which they subsequently voted on that same day in Abuja.
“Only 3G could transmit results effectively,” declared NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska, who led the commissions team to the hearing.

ITREALMS gathered Engr. Maska was accompanied by the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Mr. Adeleke Adewolu among others appeared before the House on Friday, July 16, 2021 over the correctness of the use of electronic devices for the transmission of election results in the country.

Maska also said, less than 50 per cent of the country enjoys 3G Internet coverage for which electronic transmission of results could rely on.

As said by 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.

The surveyed polling unit areas, he said, were covered mostly by the 3G and 2G networks, which represents about 50.3 per cent of the entire country.

Equally, responding to question on if 2G technology could be used for electronic transmission of results, Engr. Maska maintained that though he wished the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials were at the session, however, asserted that “only 3G could transmit results effectively.”

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