Somaliland using iris recognition technology in upcoming election

Somaliland’s upcoming presidential election on November 13 marks the first use of iris-based biometrics technology in an African election, according to a report by All Africa. The first members of a team of 60 international election observers — who are hoping for a successful and conflict-free Presidential elections — arrived in Hargeisa last week. The British government funded International Election Observation Mission (EOM) was invited by Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission (NEC). “The EOM is particularly hopeful that the implementation of

African national biometric programs tackle scale challenges

Several African nations at different stages of their biometric registration processes have recently announced new efforts to improve their identity systems. The actions could save millions of dollars for the federal government of Nigeria, provide assurance of fairness and legitimacy for Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections, and Liberia. Nigeria takes on biometric data harmonization Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to work towards the harmonization of biometric data captured for identity programs by myriad different agencies. Rep. Ochiglegor Idagbo

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

Pakistan backtracks on plans to test biometric verification machines for elections

According to a report in The Express Tribune, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) revealed that it will not be able to test biometric verification machines in upcoming by-elections as the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will not share voter data. In March, the ECP announced that it will acquire electronic voting machines (EVMs) and biometric verification machines (BVMs) for a trial run in by-elections to decide whether or not the technology can be used in the next general

Laxton Group to supply biometric voter registration kits for Zimbabwe elections

Laxton Group has been awarded a US$3.9 million contract from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to supply Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits for registering voters in advance of the 2018 general elections, according to a report by VOA Zimbabwe. The move comes more than a month after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) completed field tests of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from the two companies bidding for the contract ahead of next year’s elections and is set to present the

Novateqni completes prototypes of its elections technology

NovaTeqni Corporation recently issued a corporate update in which it reported that over the last year it has completed all prototypes for its line of elections solutions, which can also be modified to be used for biometric identification purposes. With more than 50 international elections taking place in 2018, including nearly 20 elections in Africa alone, NovaTeqni realized that completing the prototypes was a necessary step in order to take advantage of these opportunities. Through its partnership with Paarl Media,

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

Zimbabwe completes testing of biometric voter registration kits

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has completed field tests of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from the two companies bidding for the contract ahead of next year’s elections and is set to present the evaluation report to the State Procurement Board (SPB). Laxton Group from China and Dermalog Identification Systems of Germany supplied the BVR kits that were being tested. The SPB will make a determination on which company would supply the kits for voter registration ahead of the 2018

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,