Nigerian government recommends unified biometric data collection and usage

Upon reading a briefing on the activities of the National Population Commission (NPC), Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recommended that government agencies share the biometric data of citizens through a unified collection and usage procedure, according to a report by All Africa. “It will be more cost effective if you work together,” said President Muhammadu Buhari. “It helps even the credibility of the election process, as Nigerians of voting age can be identified easily.” President Buhari questioned the government agencies for

Pakistan to trial biometrics in upcoming by-election

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced it will conduct its first pilot project using biometric machines at 30 polling stations in NA-19 Haripur for by-elections on August 16th. The move comes almost a year after members of ECP and provincial chief election commissioner KP held a meeting to discuss how the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s insistence on introducing a biometric identification system for voters in LB polls would require at least six months of implementation time. NADRA, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

Japan grants Kyrgyzstan biometrics technology

Japan is donating about $6 million worth of biometric technology equipment to aid in a biometric registration project for citizens. A law was passed in Kyrgyzstan last year for a nationwide biometric data registration program. Included is 3,000 laptops, 3,000 fingerprint scanners, a server and networking equipment. Vice Prime Minister Tairbek Sarpashev has also indicated that a new elections model utilizing biometric data will be tested across Kyrgyzstan throughout the month of August.

Iris ID to provide iris recognition solution for African nation’s electoral process

Iris ID announced that the government of an unnamed African nation has selected its iris recognition solution, IrisAccelerator, to help create a fraud-free voter registration list and ultimately guarantee a fair 2015 national elections. The country’s election commission is responsible for completing a voter registration list in time for this year’s national elections. Currently, about 1.2 million residents of the country’s 3.5 million total residents are registered to vote. The commission was originally planning on using a fingerprint biometrics solution

INEC undergoes successful testing of biometric card readers despite 41% fingerprint failure

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the successful field-testing of biometric card readers, which are set to be used to validate voters in the March 28 and April 11 general elections, according to a report by Premium Times. INEC said that the exercise, held in 12 states spanning six geo-political zones of Nigeria, was successful and the biometric technology will help combat fraud in the upcoming elections. The electoral body said it successfully fulfilled its objective of verifying the

Election Commission of India to synchronize Aadhaar with EPIC by 2016

The Election Commission of India has devised a plan to “embed” and synchronize the Aadhaar database with that of the Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) to help prevent duplication or forgery at election polls, according to a report by The Economic Times. Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma said the poll panel has already begun the process by coordinating with the Aadhaar’s parent body UIDAI. He anticipates the plan to be fully implemented by early 2016. “We have decided to

Iris ID’s iris recognition system now integrated with ESI’s biometric voter registration

Iris ID Systems announced that its iris recognition system — IrisAccess platform iCAM T10 and IrisAccelerator — is now integrated with Electoral Services International’s biometric voter registration. All current ESI customers will be able to upgrade to the BVR application enabled with Iris ID technology. Combining commercial hardware with a software interface and a central multi-biometric matching server, ESI’s BVR can be used to collect and clean voter registration information. Using ESI’s BVR, electoral administrators are able to register voters

India’s Election Commission to link biometric ID with electoral rolls

India’s Election Commission said that it will now use a voter’s 12-digit biometric-based Aadhaar number while updating electoral rolls across the country in an effort to curb fraudulent voting, according to a report by the Hindustan Times. The EC has held meetings with the Unique Identification Authority of India about using the Aadhaar database to check fraudulent voting. The process in Delhi will likely begin following the Delhi assembly elections. Once the Aadhaar numbers are linked to electoral rolls, the

Pakistan considers biometric-based e-voting, installs biometric system at airports

Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) director Burhan Rasool recently said that biometrics-based electronic voting is definitely possible in Pakistan as the National Database and Registration Authority has the means to provide the necessary technology to the election commission, according to a report by The Daily Times. Rasool said that an electronic voting system based on data taken from citizen’s biometric identification can be accomplished if the government is able to rally the political will and consensus of all political parties

McAfee partners with Atlantic Council in new study that explores online and e-voting

McAfee has sponsored a new Atlantic Council study that explores how online voting and e-voting could become more integrated in the international political process if particular technologies and processes are implemented to ensure its security. Released at an event at the Atlantic Council, the study found that many of the technologies that are already being used for online financial transactions could also be applied to e-voting and online voting to increase its popularity in the future. Estonia became the first