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

Burkina Faso completes voter registry, Innovatrics and Gemalto technology used

The Electoral Commision in Burkina Faso has just completed its biometric voter registry, and as Innovatrics has just announced, its WebAFIS Deduplication services played an integral role in the process, led by Gemalto. “The Burkina Faso Elections project is deemed to be a great success, we wholeheartedly recommend Innovatrics’ WebAFIS technology to any client requiring reliable large-scale fingerprint matching solution accompanied by a dedicated team and support,” Tall Nouroudina, Director of IT for the electoral commission said. Innovatrics’ WebAFIS software integrated

9 million voters have not registered biometrics for 2016 election: Philippine Comelec

The Commission on Elections in the Philippines (Comelec) estimates that there are over 9 million voters in the country that have not yet registered biometrics, and that will need to do so in order to vote in 2016. Though 2016 is nearly 3 years away, 9 million voters is a significant constituency. Reported in Rappler.com, Comelec is set to undergo a program in which voters without biometric registration can go to Cemelec offices to have their data collected, before the

Colombia to use biometric voter registration for 2014 elections

Colombia has secured financing to implement a biometric registry for the country’s upcoming 2014 elections. Reported in ColombiaReports.com, fraud has been an issue in the past and is what has led the country to biometric verification for voters. In 2011, many investigations were launched following reports of election fraud and in it was discovered that 4 million dead voters wrongfully existed in the registry. “We have agreed that on this matter there will be no more setbacks and … in

Smartmatic appoints Marco Hubert as president of EMEA operations

Smartmatic has announced the appointment of Marco Huberts as its new President of its European, Middle East and African operations (EMEA). “It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome Marco to our management team. His experience and leadership will help our growth in these markets, helping forward-thinking electoral commissions to embrace projects toward more transparent, more efficient and more secure elections”, Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic said. Hubert will be tasked broadly with undertaking the responsibility of developing Smartmatic’s opportunities throughout EMEA,