Nigeria capturing biometrics for 2018 census

Nigeria’s Federal Commisioner of the National Population Commission (NPC) has revealed that biometric system technology will be deployed during the 2018 census to capture facial impressions and fingerprints of citizens, according to a report in Leadership. The NPC is determined to use biometrics in the census to prevent people from gaining advantage through manipulation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) as only persons physically seen will be counted and biometrics taken. “To us in the Commission, the significance of the

Stolen computer contains personal information, biometrics, of Filipino voters

According to a report by Rappler, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) is facing another data breach investigation after one of its computers containing biometric data of the country’s 55 million voters was stolen last month. The incident follows the National Privacy Commission (NPC) recent ruling that the Comelec should be held liable for the March 2016 database breach with Comelec chairman J. Andres D. Bautista set to face criminal charges for the negligence. Bautista has assured the public that

Antigua looks to make voters’ biometric information available to other agencies

Antigua’s government will debate a plan to implement a system for capturing, digitizing and archiving citizens’ fingerprints during the electoral process. The measure is intended to give several government agencies access to the national biometric database. According to a report in the Antigua Observer, the Minister of Information, Melford Nicholas, said that the amendment to the Representation of the People Amendment Act (2003) is primarily to facilitate the new policy of incorporating fingerprints into the biometric data that will be

Malawi rolling out national ID project, introducing biometric voter registry for 2019 elections

In an effort to conduct trouble-free elections, the Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) revealed that a biometrics-based voter registry will be used, with data provided by the National Registration Bureau (NRB). MEC will collaborate with NRB during voter registration to build the electoral roll from the National ID database rather than conducting a biometric voter registration process on its own. The Nyasa Times reported that MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah said, “We are working with National Registration Bureau.

MorphoTablet mobile biometric solution secures electoral process in Ivory Coast

Following its successful contribution to the Ivory Coast’s 2015 presidential election, Safran Identity & Security was selected once again by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to assist the West African country in last October’s constitutional referendum and the parliamentary election this past December. Safran Identity & Security contributed to every stage of the electoral process, providing its latest biometric technologies to ensure deduplication of the electoral lists and that votes cast on the election day corresponded to voter’s civil identities.

Nigerian agency develops solar-powered biometric e-voting machine

Nigeria’s Electronic Development Institute (ELDI) has developed a solar-powered electronic voting machine with facial and thumbprint biometric authentication and a cloud-based storage, according to a report by All Africa. Professor Mohammed Haruna, executive vice chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), which supervises ELDI, presented the EVM to Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology. The e-voting machine includes three identification modes including facial recognition, thumbprint authentication and a card reader. Haruna said the

Biometric voter registration kits arrive in Sierra Leone

More than 4,000 biometric voter registration kits valued at over $13 million USD arrived at the Lungi Airport in Sierra Leone last week, according to a report in Awoko. Upon arrival the Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Palo Conteh, commented, “The kits arrival will send a clear and strong message to the general public that the 2018 general elections will surely take place.” Minister Conteh said that the kits will expedite the registration process and “will ensure that every Sierra

Zimbabwe will no longer deploy biometrics-based voting in 2018 election

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced that it will no longer be implementing a biometrics-based voting system for the 2018 general elections, according to a report by Zim Eye. The move comes a year after ZEC unveiled plans to use a biometric voting system as part of its reforms ahead of the 2018 general elections. The new biometric technology that the ZEC is set to acquire would only be used to facilitate the voter registration process. The ZTE said the

Philippines’ NPC provides more insight into COMELEC breach ruling

Philippines’ National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently provided greater insight into its decision that the Commission on Elections‘ (COMELEC) be held liable for a massive breach of its voter database last March, according to a report by The Manila Times. The database breach resulted in the leak of millions of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. The NPC recently ruled that the COMELEC should be held liable for the database breach with COMELEC chairman J. Andres D.

Philippines’ Comelec looking to purchase biometrics-based voter registration machines

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allocated approximately P10 million (US$201,000) to voter registration machines (VRMs) and peripherals in anticipation of more voters registering for the upcoming polls, according to a report by Inquirer.net. The bids and awards committee (BAC) posted an invitation to bid on the Comelec website, specifying that the allocation is intended for the continuing registration of voters. The Commission is looking to purchase 130 units of the VRMs, which include desktop computers, uninterruptible power supply