Aadhaar should be linked to voting ID, commissioner says as Supreme Court hears constitutional challenge

Aadhaar numbers should be linked to Indian voter’s identity cards in order to verify individuals’ identity prior to voting, India’s new chief election commissioner told the Economic Times. “Biometrics should establish the identity before a voter enters a polling booth and gets access to an EVM (electronic voting machine),” commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said. “The identification will then be foolproof. I, however, don’t want any change in EVMs to integrate this feature. The EVM must remain a standalone machine with

Biometrics-based blockchain voting platform raises $2.2 million

Mobile-focused election voting and citizen engagement platform Voatz has raised over $2.2 million in seed round funding led by Medici Ventures with participation from the Urban Innovation Fund and Oakhouse Partners. Other investors in the round include Walt Winshall, Michael Dornbrook, Joe Caruso and members of the Walnut Ventures angels group. The company will use the capital to build out its business development team, expand its reach across the U.S. and accelerate the development of several new product features. Voatz

Somaliland election saw Iris ID technology deployed

Somaliland’s presidential election in November was the world’s first national election to use iris recognition to register and identify voters. The Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) reported an 80 per cent voter turnout. Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, had the legitimacy of previous elections disputed after duplicate registrations were found. According to a company statement, the NEC deployed the Iris ID iris recognition system after trials showed it surpassed both fingerprint and facial recognition systems in identifying

Somaliland using iris recognition technology in upcoming election

Somaliland’s upcoming presidential election on November 13 marks the first use of iris-based biometrics technology in an African election, according to a report by All Africa. The first members of a team of 60 international election observers — who are hoping for a successful and conflict-free Presidential elections — arrived in Hargeisa last week. The British government funded International Election Observation Mission (EOM) was invited by Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission (NEC). “The EOM is particularly hopeful that the implementation of

Elyctis voter ID tech plays central role in Kyrgyzstan election

In the October 2017 Kyrgyzstan presidential election, more 5,000 Elyctis ID BOX One readers were used in all voting stations across the country to verify the identity of voters. The Elyctis ID BOX One was used to read data from the MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) from the ID document presented by the voter and to check this data against the voter register biometric database, making the identity verification and voting process faster. Voters can use any document that contains an

African national biometric programs tackle scale challenges

Several African nations at different stages of their biometric registration processes have recently announced new efforts to improve their identity systems. The actions could save millions of dollars for the federal government of Nigeria, provide assurance of fairness and legitimacy for Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections, and Liberia. Nigeria takes on biometric data harmonization Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to work towards the harmonization of biometric data captured for identity programs by myriad different agencies. Rep. Ochiglegor Idagbo

OT-Morpho denies claims Kenyan biometric voting system was hacked

OT-Morpho has denied claims that the biometric electronic system it provided the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to identify voters during Kenya’s elections was hacked, according to a report by TechTrendsKE. The move comes a few months after Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) hired OT-Morpho (which was then called Safran Identity & Security) to provide 45,000 tablets to be used to identify voters biometrically and an associated system for Kenya’s August general elections. OT-Morpho said an audit

Pakistan backtracks on plans to test biometric verification machines for elections

According to a report in The Express Tribune, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) revealed that it will not be able to test biometric verification machines in upcoming by-elections as the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will not share voter data. In March, the ECP announced that it will acquire electronic voting machines (EVMs) and biometric verification machines (BVMs) for a trial run in by-elections to decide whether or not the technology can be used in the next general

Laxton Group to supply biometric voter registration kits for Zimbabwe elections

Laxton Group has been awarded a US$3.9 million contract from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to supply Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits for registering voters in advance of the 2018 general elections, according to a report by VOA Zimbabwe. The move comes more than a month after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) completed field tests of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from the two companies bidding for the contract ahead of next year’s elections and is set to present the

Novateqni completes prototypes of its elections technology

NovaTeqni Corporation recently issued a corporate update in which it reported that over the last year it has completed all prototypes for its line of elections solutions, which can also be modified to be used for biometric identification purposes. With more than 50 international elections taking place in 2018, including nearly 20 elections in Africa alone, NovaTeqni realized that completing the prototypes was a necessary step in order to take advantage of these opportunities. Through its partnership with Paarl Media,