The new Communications Authority boss Ezra Chiloba has sounded an alarm over poor network and signal which may affect the transmission of results from some 224 polling stations in next year’s August elections.
Speaking on Monday before the Senate Committee on ICT where he was put to task to explain how CA is prepared to handle the elections, Chiloba disclosed if nothing is done within the remaining months, the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) may be forced to devise other means of result transmission.
”Poor network may delay transmission of 2022 election results in at least 224 polling stations. The 224 polling centers may be served using alternative connectivity technology such as satellite phones. We are informed that IEBC has about 1,500 satellite phones that can be used to address this final gap,” the former IEBC CEO told the Gideon Moi led committee.
Even though Chiloba has expressed his fears of poor network connectivity affecting the efficiency of docket next year, the Communications Authority boss says the body is working round the clock to sort out any problems and has put on hold some of its activities to address the issue of network coverage in five months as it would be key in the electoral process.