June 12, 2013 -
Starting today, members of the Bulgarian Parliament will being to use a biometric voting system.
Reported in novinite.com, Parliament Chair Mihail Mikov said that the use of biometrics would put an end to the practice of voting with other MP’s cards. In 2010, a biometric system was introduced, but the process of collection of the data and its integration into MP cards was delayed, causing a flurry of confusion and controversy between parties.
Italy’s lower house of parliament introduced a similar system in 2009, in an attempt to combat cheating, as euronews reports.
Bulgaria is no stranger to biometric systems.
Reported in the Homeland Security News Wire in 2010, Bulgaria had long-planned the introduction of ID documents with biometrics – a requirement for membership in the EU – though the program was delayed many times. In 2010, the country finally began issuing its ePassports.
Last year, a set of automated border control gates were deployed at Sofia Airport in the country. Gunnebo, in cooperation with Atos provided the gates to the airport. These gates include facial recognition as well as fingerprint biometric capture for verification.