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

New biometrics market research from TechNavio and Hexa Research

TechNavio has published two separate reports about the global hand geometry biometrics market and the biometrics market in BRIC countries, while Hexa Research has published a report examining the biometrics technology market based on application. Technavio’s “Global Hand Geometry Biometrics Market 2015-2019” report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global hand geometry biometrics market for the period 2015-2019. Technavio’s analysts predict the global hand geometry biometrics market — which include sales , from sensors, scanners, software,

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