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

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.

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

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

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,

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