X Infotech, IMS rolls out biometric ID card project in Ghana

X Infotech and Identity Management Systems (IMS) Limited have rolled out an electronic identity documents and smartcards solutions project in Ghana. IMS acted as the prime contractor in a public private partnership with the Ghana National Identification Authority (NIA), in cooperation with X Infotech. X Infotech implemented its personalization solutions for issuance of new eID cards (Ghanacard), which has five applications including ICAO, MOC, digital signature, authentication and payments. The new capabilities will cover instant, deferred and centralized issued cards,

Ghana aims to issue 27M biometric ID cards in next year

Despite current logistical challenges, Ghana’s newly appointed National Identification Authority (NIA) CEO told the The Ghanaian Times this week that he is working towards carrying out his mandate to coordinate and supervise the registration and issuance of national biometric identification cards to 27 million citizens within a year. NIA CEO, Professor Ken Agyemang Attafuah, also a senior law lecturer at the Central University College, said he believed the challenges were not unsurmountable. Two weeks ago the Office of the President

Ghana using GenKey biometric voter verification solution for third consecutive election

GenKey announced that for the third consecutive municipal election, more than 16 million Ghanaians will visit polling stations facilitated by the company’s biometric verification technology to vote for their next president. The country’s Electoral Commission first deployed GenKey’s biometric technology to register and verify voters in the 2012 general election, marking the first time biometric technology has ever been used to verify voters identities on an election day. Three years later, the Electoral Commission again used GenKey’s biometric solution, this

Ghana’s voter registration exercise to feature biometric verification devices

Ghana’s Electoral Commission has said the upcoming voters’ register exhibition exercise — which will run from July 18 to August 7 — will prominently feature biometric verification devices (BVD), according to a report by Citi FM Online. The move comes a few months after the EC started its biometric voter registration pilot project in early March. “There is another dimension we are trying to bring into the exhibition. The period of the exhibitions going to be extended from the normal

Ghana begins its biometric voter registration pilot project

Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) started its biometric voter registration pilot project today, according to a report in News Ghana. A statement by Amadu Sulley, the country’s Deputy Chairman for Operations said: “The Electoral Commission has upgraded the biometric registration kits (BVR Kits) for the impending limited voter registration and subsequent registration exercises.” The EC said the exercise will be carried out in selected districts in all the ten regions of the country and that they are using the pilot to

Ghana leading West African States’ implementation of biometric ID cards

Ghana is leading the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) initiative to provide biometric identification cards to all citizens next year, according to a report by Citi FM Online. The move comes almost a year after ECOWAS announced it would launch the biometric identity card program in 2016 as a way to ensure the unrestricted movement of community citizens, goods and services in line with the reformed ECOWAS treaty. The biometric identification card will replace the travel certificate that

Ghana deploys GenKey biometric voter verification solution

GenKey announced that its biometric voter verification solution has been successfully deployed, with the cooperation of local partner STL, at the District Level Elections in Ghana, which was held on September 1. The news comes a few weeks after Ghanaian opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) claimed that the party used facial recognition technology to discover that there are 76,000 fake voters on the country’s voter’s register. The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana had selected STL/GenKey’s solution to verify the identity

Facial recognition used on Ghana voters list: NPP claims to have found 76k fake voters

Ghanaian opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) claims that the party used facial recognition technology to discover that there are 76,000 fake voters on the country’s voter’s register, according to a report by GhanaWeb. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, vice-presidential nominee of the NPP, called the so-called evidence “a damning revelation” and should convince the elections governing body, Electoral Commission (EC), to compile a new voters’ register before the 2016 elections. “Our investigative team obtained the Togo voters register…and using facial biometric recognition

Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme issues nearly one million biometric ID cards

Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme issued over 979,002 of its Eastern region clients with new biometric ID cards, despite the large crowds at all of its registration centers at the end of January. NHIS management recently enforced strict measures, including operating a shift system in all 17 administrative offices in the region where specific dates are assigned to clients for card production with priority given to the elderly, pregnant women and children. At a media briefing, NHIS regional director Alhaji

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