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

Notre Dame researchers using iris recognition to improve accuracy of Somaliland election process

A biometrics expert at the University of Notre Dame is working with the Somaliland government to help the country use biometrics to improve the accuracy of its election process. Since declaring itself an independent state in 1991, Somaliland has been working towards becoming a unique, multiparty democracy in the Horn of Africa. University of Notre Dame biometrics professional Kevin Bowyer, along with his Ph.D. students Estefan Ortiz and Amanda Sgroi, have been working with the government to help realize this

M2SYS Technology deploys biometric voter registration software in Yemen

M2SYS Technology announced that the country of Yemen is deploying its TrueVoter biometric voting registration platform for the nation’s upcoming constitutional referendum and national elections. The scalable and customizable TrueVoter software will allow the country’s Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) to deploy and maintain a complete biometric information system for rapid enrollment and identification of voters. The United States Agency for International Development is funding the project. M2SYS attributes its contract win to TrueVoter’s full functionality, which includes

Electoral Commission of Ghana hosts conference on using biometrics for election management

The Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA) is currently hosting a three-day conference dedicated to applying and sustaining biometric technology in election management in Africa, according to a report by VibeGhana.com. Held July 21 to 23, the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) is hosting the conference which is being attended by representatives of electoral management bodies and practitioners from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Conference attendees will be able to discuss the challenges

Zetes provides biometric voter solution for Toga presidential election

Zetes has been awarded with a new contract with the Government of the Republic of Togo in which it will supply the country with a complete biometric election solution, which will be ready to be used in the 2015 presidential election, according to a report by BiztechAfrica. The comprehensive system will facilitate the entire voting process, from the biometric enrolment of the population to the publication of electoral rolls. This marks the fourth time the Togolese government has turned to

Namibian Biometric Research Lab publishes list of biometric e-voting criteria ahead of presidential election

The Biometric Research Laboratory has published a list of electronic voting selection criteria, ahead of Namibia’s upcoming biometric election. According to a New Era report, this list includes open consultation with electoral stakeholders in respective countries; independent comprehensive research into available technologies; the technology must be evaluated against well-defined objectives for implementation. “Researchers from the Biometric Research Laboratory (BRL), show that it is vital to understand both the benefits and weaknesses of the e-voting technology,” the article notes. “Implementing e-voting

Indian election to impact Aadhaar

The historic win of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recent national election might result in changes to Aadhaar, the world’s biggest biometrics bank. The Aadhaar program, governed by the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), aims to enroll all of the country’s residents through biometrics, in order to distribute 12-digit identity cards for access to social programs. So far, the program has combined enrollment of approximately 850 million people, with 630 million Aadhaar numbers generated. The

Biometric voter enrollment engenders rewards and risks

Ensuring quick and precise voter enrollment and identification is the cornerstone of any credible election. Biometric systems are increasingly being deployed in the developing world with the aim to ensure a fair and efficient electoral process. In rich countries, almost everyone has a reliable form of official identification, and biometric technology has traditionally been employed mainly for security and forensics. However, many developing countries suffer from an identity gap where millions of people lack official forms of identification, including birth

Electoral Commission of Ghana Upgrades Biometric Verification Machines

The Electoral Commission of Ghana says it has successfully upgraded the Biometric Verification Machines used in the 2012 general elections to prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly. EC director of training Augustine Okrah recently spoke about the upgrade of the machines at the Regional Consultative Forum on the Public Elections Regulations (C.I.75), explaining that “once the machine says verified, one can in no way vote at a different polling station”. He assured attendees that after the upgrade, the machines were