Philippines’ Comelec allocates US$201K to biometric 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

Biometric voter technology may postpone Kenya’s election preparations

Kenya’s Electoral Commission has warned the country that political pressures regarding biometric voter technology may potentially postpone preparations for the nation’s upcoming August elections, according to a report by VOA News. The country’s Senate legal committee is evaluating public comments related to a divisive revision to the electoral law the lower House recently passed, which would allow manual voting as well as allow the commission to manually submit election results in the event of a biometric voter technology failure during

Safran to update biometric voter ID system for Mexico

Safran Identity & Security has signed a five-year contract with the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) for a multi-biometric identification system and related services to conform and update the Mexican national voter registry. The system uses both fingerprint and facial recognition to help ensure that each Mexican citizen is registered only once in the national voter rolls, detecting false or double-identity cases in real time. “As an autonomous public entity responsible for organizing federal elections, we need to ensure

Ghana using GenKey biometric voter verification solution for third consecutive election

GenKey announced that for the third consecutive municipal election, more than 16 million Ghanaians will visit polling stations facilitated by the company’s biometric verification technology to vote for their next president. The country’s Electoral Commission first deployed GenKey’s biometric technology to register and verify voters in the 2012 general election, marking the first time biometric technology has ever been used to verify voters identities on an election day. Three years later, the Electoral Commission again used GenKey’s biometric solution, this

Smartmatic intros online voting solution with facial recognition

Smartmatic is introducing secure online voting solution with facial recognition that verifies the voter’s identity with a selfie. The solution is being presented at this week’s E-VOTE-ID 2016 conference in Bregenz, Austria, held October 18 to 21. The event gathers election experts from around the world to share research, experience and best practice in the field of electronic voting and identity management. Smartmatic’s online voting system, TIVI, uses facial recognition to allow voters to authenticate themselves using their smartphone, tablet,

Introducing biometrics in the U.S. voting process: Q&A with Dave Gerulski

With the upcoming U.S. Presidential election just around the corner, voter ID fraud has become a controversial issue that is being debated among many states and the Obama administration. The debate involves whether or not requiring individuals to present their picture ID to vote is obtrusive, as it can make it more difficult to vote and negatively impact the overall voter turnout from low-income communities. Using fingerprint biometric technology, Americans would no longer require a state-issued form of ID. Instead,

Southern African Development Community countries slowly adopting biometric voting systems

Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are slowly adopting a biometric voting system, as the region increases efforts to promote the use of biometric technology to increase the credibility of their electoral process, according to a report by The Southern Times. Previously reported, the Democratic Republic of Congo contracted Gemalto to provide 22,000 mobile biometric voter enrolment kits to the electoral body for the upcoming elections in November. Along with the DRC, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi have

Gemalto to establish biometric register for Congo government

The Democratic Republic of Congo has contracted Gemalto to help the electoral body compile a biometric register and to conduct the upcoming elections in November, according to a report by Africa News. Gemalto will provide 22,000 mobile biometric voter enrollment kits to the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENI). “We needed a reliable partner to facilitate our ambitious program, which we expect will enroll up to 45 million voters,” said Corneille Nangaa, president of CENI. “With

Ghana’s voter registration exercise to feature biometric verification devices

Ghana’s Electoral Commission has said the upcoming voters’ register exhibition exercise — which will run from July 18 to August 7 — will prominently feature biometric verification devices (BVD), according to a report by Citi FM Online. The move comes a few months after the EC started its biometric voter registration pilot project in early March. “There is another dimension we are trying to bring into the exhibition. The period of the exhibitions going to be extended from the normal

Zimbabwe biometric voter registration system to cost $55 million

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) chairperson Rita Makarau said earlier this week that it will cost $55 million to deploy a biometric voters’ registration exercise in advance of the upcoming elections, according to a report by the Africa News Agency. The news comes a few months after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced its plans to introduce a biometric voting system as part of its reforms ahead of the 2018 general elections. The ZEC’s plans to use the full biometric