Ghana to test biometric voter system ahead of election

November 2, 2012 - 

Ghana’s Electoral Commission will conduct a two-day test of its biometric voter verification system at selected polling stations from November 3 to 4.

The exercise aims to ensure that biometric machines have been properly evaluated before the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

The machines will be used to verify voter identity before a voter is provided with a paper ballot, and is the first time biometrics will be used in a Ghana election.

According to the Electoral Commission, training of election officials will begin November 17.

Previously, the Electoral Commission completed a biometric voter registration exercise in May as reported by Kenya’s Citizen News service:

Over 14 million voters in Ghana are expected to cast their ballots at 23,000 polling places on December 7.

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