6 provinces lack telecom facilities – Comelec

“It does not mean that we can no longer transmit the results,” he said. “We can still transmit using the satellite.”

Site surveys conducted by Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp. (TIM) showed 30 percent of the country lack access to telecommunication facilities.

These are the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Samar, Leyte, Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi.

As of March 17, the number of registered voters in Abra was 147,615; Benguet, 328,010; Samar, 442,662; Leyte, 997,244; Zamboanga, 936,797; and Tawi-Tawi, 156,027, according to the Comelec.

Smartmatic started the survey in September last year to determine the availability of telecommunication facilities nationwide.

Anticipating a possible breakdown in telecommunications signals, Smartmatic had procured 5,000 units of BGAN as an alternative means to transmit election results.

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