Gemalto modernizes Guinea’s voter register with biometric technology

November 24, 2015 - 

Gemalto announced it managed the upgrading process of Guinea’s biometrics-enabled voter register system on behalf of CENI, the National Independent Electoral Commission in the country.

The system included the use of 2,500 units of the Coesys Mobile Enrollment station, a portable biometric citizen registration kit deployed throughout the country, which reached even the remotest areas of Guinea.

The system was designed to ensure that millions of eligible voters were enrolled accurately and reliably ahead of the presidential elections, which were held on October 11.

Gemalto provided CENI with a single source, end-to-end secure solution that upgraded Guinea’s existing voter registration system and processes.

The system’s front-end solution include biometric citizen registration kits with a dedicated user-friendly software.

The enrollment stations featured advanced devices to register citizens throughout the country, including areas with limited infrastructure.

“CENI put their trust in Gemalto to work as both a solution and service provider, responsible for operating the entire enrollment process in a 45-day critical timeline,” said Bakary Fofana, president of CENI. “We took great benefits of Gemalto extensive experience from over 20 progressive government programs in Africa.”

Gemalto also delivered a back-end solution comprising an Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to ensure unique and verifiable registration of citizens.

The biometric and personal data collected were securely consolidated to develop a national voter register without any duplication.

Additionally, the solution featured software modules to allow CENI to print voters’ lists and voters’ cards.

“Gemalto supported CENI in creating a modern voter register that can underpin democratic elections and for which secure voter registration is a critical step,” said Frédéric Trojani, executive vice president of government programs at Gemalto. “Gemalto brought a high level of service for the management and perfect execution of this important project for Guinea’s future.”

Previously reported, Gemalto said that banking and border security will continue to drive the expansion of biometrics.

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