June 20, 2014 -
Zetes has been awarded with a new contract with the Government of the Republic of Togo in which it will supply the country with a complete biometric election solution, which will be ready to be used in the 2015 presidential election, according to a report by BiztechAfrica.
The comprehensive system will facilitate the entire voting process, from the biometric enrolment of the population to the publication of electoral rolls.
This marks the fourth time the Togolese government has turned to Zetes for the implementation of its turnkey solution, which allows the registration, centralization in a single database, verification of the biometric data by Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), litigation management and publication of electoral rolls.
This latest contract will see Zetes once again deploying its solution, while updating the existing 2013 database that holds more than 3 million records.
The Republic of Togo still has the Zetes mobile enrolment kits delivered in the course of previous projects. With this new project, Zetes will have to renew some of the equipment, as well as roll out new generation kits.
So far, some 3 million Togolese citizens are already registered for the electoral roll. The system will now have to be updated to register any newly eligible voters, deceased people and those citizens who have moved or who have lost their previous voter registration card.
Each kit that is delivered to a citizen will contain this existing database. The first check will determine if the person is currently registered and their demographic data (surname, first name). This is followed by a second verification check of the citizen’s biometric data via fingerprint recognition, which is performed by an AFIS system directly on the kits.
Once the two-step verification process has been completed, the citizen will receive a voter card which is printed on secure paper supplied by Zetes to curb fraud and identity theft.
A third control will be performed using Zetes AFIS tool at the central site located in Lomé. Any disputes that arise from that point on will then be ruled by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Once all the steps of the process have been completed, the final electoral rolls will be created to be used on election day. Experts from Zetes will be available onsite throughout the entire enrolment and centralization process to train and coach operators and supervisors.
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Zetes is also delivering a biometric voter registration and identification solution for the 2016 presidential elections in Uganda.