Elyctis voter ID tech plays central role in Kyrgyzstan election

In the October 2017 Kyrgyzstan presidential election, more 5,000 Elyctis ID BOX One readers were used in all voting stations across the country to verify the identity of voters. The Elyctis ID BOX One was used to read data from the MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) from the ID document presented by the voter and to check this data against the voter register biometric database, making the identity verification and voting process faster. Voters can use any document that contains an

Philippines’ Comelec looking to purchase biometrics-based voter registration machines

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allocated approximately P10 million (US$201,000) to voter registration machines (VRMs) and peripherals in anticipation of more voters registering for the upcoming polls, according to a report by Inquirer.net. The bids and awards committee (BAC) posted an invitation to bid on the Comelec website, specifying that the allocation is intended for the continuing registration of voters. The Commission is looking to purchase 130 units of the VRMs, which include desktop computers, uninterruptible power supply

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

Smartmatic intros online voting solution with facial recognition

Smartmatic is introducing secure online voting solution with facial recognition that verifies the voter’s identity with a selfie. The solution is being presented at this week’s E-VOTE-ID 2016 conference in Bregenz, Austria, held October 18 to 21. The event gathers election experts from around the world to share research, experience and best practice in the field of electronic voting and identity management. Smartmatic’s online voting system, TIVI, uses facial recognition to allow voters to authenticate themselves using their smartphone, tablet,

Introducing biometrics in the U.S. voting process: Q&A with Dave Gerulski

With the upcoming U.S. Presidential election just around the corner, voter ID fraud has become a controversial issue that is being debated among many states and the Obama administration. The debate involves whether or not requiring individuals to present their picture ID to vote is obtrusive, as it can make it more difficult to vote and negatively impact the overall voter turnout from low-income communities. Using fingerprint biometric technology, Americans would no longer require a state-issued form of ID. Instead,

EU observer recommends against biometric voter verification for Pakistan’s next general elections

Michael Gahler, the head of European Union’s (EU) Follow-up Mission in Pakistan has advised the country against introducing electronic voting and biometric voter identification for the next general elections. According to a report in The Express Tribune, Gahler said the technology will not address the issues Pakistan has been facing for years to ensure free, fair and transparent elections. “You cannot substitute a lack of administrative capacity and other deficits by introducing a computerized voting (system),” said Gahler. Gahler recently

Uganda’s EC begins training staff to use biometric voter identification system

NTV is reporting that Uganda’s Electoral Commission has begun training staff to use the new biometric voter identification system and the electronic results transmission system prior to its next general election. “The Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS), aims at improving the integrity of the electoral process through authentication of voter identity. This system basically uses fingerprints to match them with voter details which will help the election officer to confirm that the voter is on the roll of that polling

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

GenKey’s biometric ID solutions deployed for voter registration in Tanzania

GenKey announced that the Tanzanian government has deployed its biometric identification solutions for its upcoming national elections, including its Voter ID Management Solution (SPiRE), Automated Biometric Identification Solution (ABIS) for deduplication, and Adjudication solutions. The government conducted a voter registration exercise in advance of the elections, in which it biometrically enrolled and registered 24 million eligible Tanzanian voters in the Permanent Voter Register (PVR). GenKey’s large-scale biometric-based deduplication solution was chosen to ensure that each voter is enrolled only once.

High failure rate for Pakistan’s biometric voting pilot

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recently shared the results of its first pilot program in which it experimented with using biometric fingerprint machines to verify the identities of voters, according to a report by The Express Tribune. The poll supervisory organization found that the biometric identification machines failed to identify 54% of the voters during the NA-19 (Haripur) by-election held on August 16. In addition to using the biometric technology on an experimental basis, the ECP also used the