Biometrics to verify voters in Uganda; Zimbabwe and Pakistan evaluating costs, usability

Uganda’s electoral commission (EC) is to meet this week to explain its decision to use biometric voter verification in the upcoming general election to representatives of the presidential candidates, political parties and other stakeholders, according to a report in the Voice of America. Uganda’s EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa said that, “the deployment of the biometric verification mechanism at all polling stations across the country will significantly boost the credibility of the presidential, legislative and local elections.” He continued, “For the

Daon provides biometric voter registration software for Somaliland

Daon released details today about its role in providing biometric voter registration capabilities to the National Election Commission (NEC) in Somaliland. Daon was the core software provider to ATEA, the IT infrastructure provider selected by UN NGO Interpeace and the NEC for the project. Daon’s identity management software suite includes biometric voter registration and centralized voter management modules. Daon worked with ATEA to design, assemble and deliver the voter registration kits with iris capture and matching functionality using IrisID for

GenKey CEO discusses biometric identity and election management solutions

This year proved to be a notable one for GenKey with the company announcing several deployments throughout the world of its biometric identity and election management technology. GenKey’s biometric deduplication system, in particular, was deployed in many nation-scale election and health programs, with both the Tanzanian and Ghanaian governments deploying its solutions for their respective elections. In May, GenKey updated its FastAFIS SDK technology with significantly improved biometric matching accuracy. Following these improvements, FastAFIS can now achieve 10 to 1000

Mobile biometric solution MorphoTablet secures the voting process in Egyptian parliamentary elections

For the third time in two years, the Egyptian government has deployed biometric MorphoTablets to secure the voting process. Morpho also contributed its identity managment technology to the Egyptian Constitutional referendum and the Presidential election in 2014. 2000 MorphoTablets with Morpho front and back-office applications were deployed to organize the different stages of the election process, including voter registration and ID card verification. The company also included all training and logistics for operating the MorphoTablet inside the voting stations. MorphoTablet

Positive results for biometrics-based voting platform in Venezuelan elections

Smartmatic announced that its biometrics-based automated voting platform achieved positive results in Venezuela’s recent parliamentary elections. The company, which has serviced Venezuela’s last 14 national elections, provided a complete end-to-end voting platform for the December 6 vote. The voting platform included voter biometrics authentication, voting, results transmission, tallying and results broadcasting. “For more than a decade, Smartmatic has proudly serviced the national elections for the people of Venezuela, demonstrating our commitment to transparency, efficiency and accountability,” said Smartmatic CEO Antonio

Philippines’ Comelec ordered to not drop 2.5M voters who failed to submit biometrics

The Philippines’ Supreme Court (SC) temporarily ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to disable the registration of 2.5 million voters who did not enroll their biometrics by the October 31st deadline for the 2016 elections, according to a report by Rappler.com. The move comes a month after the Comelec denied requests for postponing the deadline for voter registration, thus ending the 17-month registration period on October 31 for the May 2016 general elections. The Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order

Cambodia testing biometric voter registration system

Cambodia’s National Election Committee announced that its testing of a new biometric voter registration system is “running smoothly”, having already registered more than 14,000 people across 24 provinces in a week and a half, according to a report by The Phnom Penh Post. The move comes a month after Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) announced it will begin piloting biometric voter registration in each of the provinces on November 1 in advance of the country’s national registration next year, The

Philippines’ Supreme Court urged to extend biometric voter registration period

A group of students have called on the Philippines’ Supreme Court to urge the Commission on Elections to postpone the October 31 voter registration deadline for the 2016 general elections, citing technical difficulties of the biometrics registration technology, according to a report by The Standard. The students, led by Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, sent a 24-page urgent petition to the Supreme Court requesting that they issue a mandatory injunction ordering the Comelec to postpone the deadline until January 8,

Cambodian election committee to launch biometric voter registration pilot

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) announced it will begin piloting biometric voter registration in each of the provinces on November 1 in advance of the country’s national registration next year, according to a report by The Cambodia Daily. The NEC will establish voter registration centers at 41 villages where it will unofficially register about 32,500 people during the two-week pilot project. The agency will select one commune from each of the 24 provinces and Phnom Penh, with a combination of

Biometric registration system used to curb voter fraud in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s first biometrics-enabled parliamentary election was deemed a success, with just 3-5% of voters reporting technical problems with the biometric voting machines, according to a report by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. The move comes a couple months after Japan committed to donating about $6 million worth of biometric technology equipment to aid in a biometric registration project for Kyrgyzstan citizens. Past Kyrgyzstan elections were plagued with violence and accusations of vote buying. In comparison, this latest election was held