Zimbabwe evaluating biometric voter registration kits

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is conducting field tests of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from the two companies bidding for the contract ahead of next year’s elections, according to a report by The Herald. The companies bidding to supply the BVR kits are Germany’s Dermalog and China’s Laxton Group. They were reportedly selected by an evaluation team comprising of officials from ZEC and the United Nations Development Programme. Ten officials have been trained to operate the BVR kits as

Smartmatic app uses facial recognition to make voting more accessible

Smartmatic has developed a facial recognition-based app that allows people to register for elections and vote by taking a selfie from any location, according to a report by the BBC. The voting technology combines facial biometric data with a government-issued ID card to establish a digital identity, which prevents would-be fraudsters from logging onto another individual’s smartphone to cast a vote. The app developer claims the technology is more secure than standard online banking or retail systems. “There’s huge potential,

Pakistan to test biometric verification machines for elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will acquire electronic voting machines (EVMs) and biometric verification machines (BVMs) for trial run in by-elections that will decide whether or not the technology can be used in the next general election, according to a report by Dawn. “Once these EVMs and BVMs machines are delivered by vendors in 10 weeks, they will be used in multiple pilot projects in upcoming by-elections to see their results,” ECP Secretary Babar Yaqub Fateh Muhammad said. Six

Stolen computer contains personal information, biometrics, of Filipino voters

According to a report by Rappler, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) is facing another data breach investigation after one of its computers containing biometric data of the country’s 55 million voters was stolen last month. The incident follows the National Privacy Commission (NPC) recent ruling that the Comelec should be held liable for the March 2016 database breach with Comelec chairman J. Andres D. Bautista set to face criminal charges for the negligence. Bautista has assured the public that

Antigua looks to make voters’ biometric information available to other agencies

Antigua’s government will debate a plan to implement a system for capturing, digitizing and archiving citizens’ fingerprints during the electoral process. The measure is intended to give several government agencies access to the national biometric database. According to a report in the Antigua Observer, the Minister of Information, Melford Nicholas, said that the amendment to the Representation of the People Amendment Act (2003) is primarily to facilitate the new policy of incorporating fingerprints into the biometric data that will be

Malawi rolling out national ID project, introducing biometric voter registry for 2019 elections

In an effort to conduct trouble-free elections, the Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) revealed that a biometrics-based voter registry will be used, with data provided by the National Registration Bureau (NRB). MEC will collaborate with NRB during voter registration to build the electoral roll from the National ID database rather than conducting a biometric voter registration process on its own. The Nyasa Times reported that MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah said, “We are working with National Registration Bureau.

MorphoTablet mobile biometric solution secures electoral process in Ivory Coast

Following its successful contribution to the Ivory Coast’s 2015 presidential election, Safran Identity & Security was selected once again by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to assist the West African country in last October’s constitutional referendum and the parliamentary election this past December. Safran Identity & Security contributed to every stage of the electoral process, providing its latest biometric technologies to ensure deduplication of the electoral lists and that votes cast on the election day corresponded to voter’s civil identities.

Nigerian agency develops solar-powered biometric e-voting machine

Nigeria’s Electronic Development Institute (ELDI) has developed a solar-powered electronic voting machine with facial and thumbprint biometric authentication and a cloud-based storage, according to a report by All Africa. Professor Mohammed Haruna, executive vice chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), which supervises ELDI, presented the EVM to Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology. The e-voting machine includes three identification modes including facial recognition, thumbprint authentication and a card reader. Haruna said the

Biometric voter registration kits arrive in Sierra Leone

More than 4,000 biometric voter registration kits valued at over $13 million USD arrived at the Lungi Airport in Sierra Leone last week, according to a report in Awoko. Upon arrival the Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Palo Conteh, commented, “The kits arrival will send a clear and strong message to the general public that the 2018 general elections will surely take place.” Minister Conteh said that the kits will expedite the registration process and “will ensure that every Sierra

Zimbabwe will no longer deploy biometrics-based voting in 2018 election

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced that it will no longer be implementing a biometrics-based voting system for the 2018 general elections, according to a report by Zim Eye. The move comes a year after ZEC unveiled plans to use a biometric voting system as part of its reforms ahead of the 2018 general elections. The new biometric technology that the ZEC is set to acquire would only be used to facilitate the voter registration process. The ZTE said the