Biometric voter enrollment engenders rewards and risks

Ensuring quick and precise voter enrollment and identification is the cornerstone of any credible election. Biometric systems are increasingly being deployed in the developing world with the aim to ensure a fair and efficient electoral process. In rich countries, almost everyone has a reliable form of official identification, and biometric technology has traditionally been employed mainly for security and forensics. However, many developing countries suffer from an identity gap where millions of people lack official forms of identification, including birth

Zetes wins Ugandan contract for biometric voter registration kits

Zetes has just announced that it has won a contract to supple Uganda with 4,250 biometric kits for citizen identification. According to the company, the project is being delivered in conjunction with MFI, Zetes’ main local contractor and partner. The biometrics kits will be used for voter registration in the run up to the presidential elections, which are set to take place in 2016. This project will make use of Zetes’ new generation of biometric kits, which includes options for

Comelec switches to ten-print scanners ahead of 2016 elections, 5M voters still without biometric data

Five million voters in the Philippines still do not have registered biometric data, according to the country’s Commission on Elections. Reported in Solar News, Comelec is making a change to its biometric system to full ten-print scanners, rather than single finger impressions. This has caused a delay in registering biometrics, but Comelec says registration and validation will continue in May. Reported previously in, the 2016 election in the Philippines is an important one and as many as 52 million

Namibia unveils biometric machine for voter registration

Namibia is planning to use a biometric voter registration system for its upcoming election and the country’s electoral commission has just launched the machine it will be using to enroll voters. According to a report in The Namibian, the machines were manufactured in South Africa, and consist of a laptop, fingerprint scanner, camera and signature and barcode scanner. Voter registration starts on January 15 and ends on March 2 next year. Altogether there are 904 machines as well as generators

Kenya’s election commission CEO charged over biometric equipment purchase

The biometric equipment used in Kenya’s election is back in the news, as the CEO of the country’s electoral commission has been charged in anti-corruption court over the tender to purchase the machines. Reported by Reuters, James Oswago, CEO of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission along with three other officials were charged at Kenya’s anti-corruption court with four counts of abuse of office and failing to comply with procurement regulations, on top of failing to inspect the machines to

Solomon Islands gets biometric voter registration kits from ESI

Electoral Services International (ESI), a Canadian firm, will be responsible for the electronic biometric voter registration for the upcoming 2014 Parliamentary elections in Solomon Islands. In July, the Minister of Home Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga for Solomon Islands and Gordon Sinclair, VP of Business Development for ESI signed an agreement of understanding. Specifically, ESI will be responsible for voter registration, cleaning the present voters’ roll and producing a clean list for the Electoral Commission in Honiara. Work is

9 million voters have not registered biometrics for 2016 election: Philippine Comelec

The Commission on Elections in the Philippines (Comelec) estimates that there are over 9 million voters in the country that have not yet registered biometrics, and that will need to do so in order to vote in 2016. Though 2016 is nearly 3 years away, 9 million voters is a significant constituency. Reported in, Comelec is set to undergo a program in which voters without biometric registration can go to Cemelec offices to have their data collected, before the

Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister recommends biometric technology for elections

Solomon’s deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has recommending using biometrics technology for the registration process for its upcoming elections. Reported in the Solomon Star News, Maelanga said the system will be credible and should be trusted, and his proposed bill mandating the biometric system is necessary for the effective and efficient administration of the electoral system in the country. “This could include the use of fingerprints, voter identification cards, photograph images and use of electronic identity cards or other similar

Coalition calls for biometric system in Nigerian election

The Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reform in Nigeria has demanded the adoption of biometrics for the 2015 elections in the country, following a meeting in the nation’s capital earlier this week. The meeting was well-attended, with development experts from sub-Saharan Africa in attendance, and biometrics was widely identified as one of the safest measures for ensuring a transparent electoral process. Reported in, a Councillor from the Kenyan Embassy, Michael Miriti noted that although the biometric system used in

M2SYS announces March’s #biometricchat on biometic ID for border control, ePassports and voter registration

M2SYS has announced that its next #biometricchat will take place two weeks from today on March 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. EST., and will focus on the use of biometric identification for border control, ePassports and voter registration. The special guest for the monthly chat is Cyrille Bataller from Accenture. Bataller is the European Director of Accenture Technology Labs, the dedicated technology Research and Development organization within Accenture. Bataller leads Accenture’s biometrics R&D activities, and supports automated border clearance solutions