Following election, Ghana leads the world in biometric voter registration and verification

December 18, 2012 - 

By having registered and verified approximately 13 million people for an election within 48 hours, Ghana has broken the world record previously held by India for 3.5 million people, GhanaWeb reports. 

Ghana’s world record-breaking accomplishment comes after the country successfully completed an election using biometric voter verification and registration systems. The 2012 election marks Ghana’s successful sixth election since returning to Constitutional rule in 1992.

As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, the Electoral Commission of Ghana, in the run up to the election announced that voting would be suspended at any polling station should the biometric verification machine break down.

The voter identification cards used in this election contain 10 fingerprints, a headshot as well as standard biographical data.

According to the GhanaWeb article, of the total 26,000 polling stations across the country, 413 stations did not finish the voting process on the intended voting day and had to continue the next day. As reported by BiometricUpdate.com, despite time delays related to the new technology, the biometric system identified many multiple voters in this years election.

Ghana has now joined a growing list of African countries to use a biometric voters’ register for its election, including Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Nigeria.

Kenya is currently in the process of registering voters for its election, though as of yet, only 11 million voters have been enrolled using biometrics, significantly behind the country’s target of 18 million voters.

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