OT-Morpho denies claims Kenyan biometric voting system was hacked

OT-Morpho has denied claims that the biometric electronic system it provided the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to identify voters during Kenya’s elections was hacked, according to a report by TechTrendsKE. The move comes a few months after Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) hired OT-Morpho (which was then called Safran Identity & Security) to provide 45,000 tablets to be used to identify voters biometrically and an associated system for Kenya’s August general elections. OT-Morpho said an audit

Safran technology to verify and authenticate voters in Kenya election

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has appointed Safran Identity & Security to provide the biometric technology needed to power the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) for the August general elections that will feature six major elections, including for president. Safran Identity & Security will provide the IEBC with its secure biometric tablets. More than 45,000 MorphoTablet’s will be used to verify the voters list before the election and to authenticate the voters with their fingerprints and photo

Kenyan electoral commission to deploy over 7,000 biometric voter registration kits for exercise

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said it will deploy over 7,000 Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits for the 15-day mass voter registration exercise that launched on Monday, according to a report by All Africa. The move comes a couple weeks after the IEBC warned the country that political pressures regarding biometric voter technology may potentially postpone preparations for the nation’s upcoming August elections. Kenya’s smallest ward will receive 3 BVR kits, while the largest will receive 10 kits. IEBC

Biometric voter technology may postpone Kenya’s election preparations

Kenya’s Electoral Commission has warned the country that political pressures regarding biometric voter technology may potentially postpone preparations for the nation’s upcoming August elections, according to a report by VOA News. The country’s Senate legal committee is evaluating public comments related to a divisive revision to the electoral law the lower House recently passed, which would allow manual voting as well as allow the commission to manually submit election results in the event of a biometric voter technology failure during

IriTech showcasing how biometric security solutions can ensure child safety

IriTech will be sponsoring the Kids Personal Safety Event organized by Safe Kidz in Kenya at the end of August to demonstrate to government agencies and parents how biometric security solutions can curb, control and eliminate abduction, kidnapping and abuse to ensure child safety in Kenya. Data Vault Systems, IriTech’s Kenya partner, will be launching a child trace app at the event to help police, law courts and children’s homes to quickly and positively identify rescued children and reunite them

Kenya universities and colleges to capture biometric data of all students

Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary has directed universities and colleges to capture biometric data of all students within the next 120 days, according to a report by Capital News. Higher learning institutions are now required to obtain passport photographs, fingerprints and programs for the year of study for every student. “Under Section 5 (1) of the Universities Act, 2012, the commission is mandated with the responsibility of collecting, disseminating and maintaining data on university education in Kenya,” the Education Cabinet Secretary

UKAid to conduct biometrics registration exercise for 3,000 Kenyan schoolchildren

UKAid is supporting the Adolescent Girls Initiative- Kenya (AGI-Kenya) to conduct a biometric registration exercise in which it will register the fingerprints of 3,000 adolescent girls to record their daily attendance, according to a report by All Africa. Implemented by Save the Children, the biometric exercise will use inexpensive biometric technology to identify female students in 60 schools in Wajir County. Students who meet the required 80% school attendance record qualify for a bursary twice a term. The bursary will

Kenya implements biometric registration for all citizens

The Kenyan government has implemented biometric registration for all citizens aged 12 and older, which should help prevent the duplication and mismanagement of funds for social services, according to a report by Capital FM. Previously reported, the Kenyan government announced in November it would be issuing citizens biometric identification cards connected to a national database to prevent the widespread use of bogus identification documents which has contributed to crimes such as human trafficking. The move to reduce the duplication and

Biometric registration for HIV patients in Kenya mandatory

The Kenyan government will enforce a new rule starting in January that makes it mandatory for all HIV/AIDS patients living in Homa Bay and Mombasa counties to undergo biometric registration, according to The Star. Martin Sirengo, head of National Aids and STI Control Program, said the program will be expanded to other counties in March. The project’s concept note has been completed and the Ministry of Health is now working towards implementing the program, sad Sirengo. Those patients who are

Kenyan government introduces biometric register to eliminate ghost workers from payroll

The Kenyan government has implemented a new initiative that makes it mandatory for all civil servants to have their biometrics registered in an effort to remove “ghost workers” from its payroll, according to a report by the BBC. In an official statement, the government said that all public servants who do not register over the next two week period would no longer be paid. The initiative is designed to curb the thousands of people who the government suspects are still