Biometric registration system used to curb voter fraud in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s first biometrics-enabled parliamentary election was deemed a success, with just 3-5% of voters reporting technical problems with the biometric voting machines, according to a report by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. The move comes a couple months after Japan committed to donating about $6 million worth of biometric technology equipment to aid in a biometric registration project for Kyrgyzstan citizens. Past Kyrgyzstan elections were plagued with violence and accusations of vote buying. In comparison, this latest election was held

Somaliland election commission testing iris biometric-based voter registration system

The National Election Commission of Somaliland has begun testing an iris recognition-based voter registration system in preparation for a national election system, with the fourth trial voter records comprised of people in the Hargeisa and Toghdeer regions, according to a report by Somaliland Press. The move comes a year after the Somaliland government’s election experts approached University of Notre Dame’s biometric research group, led by Kevin Bowyer, to develop the biometric system to improve the accuracy of its election process.

Philippines calls on celebrities to promote biometric enrollment for upcoming election

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has called on celebrities to encourage their fans on social media to register their biometrics data so that they will be able to vote in the 2016 presidential elections, according to a report by With just five months left for citizens to enroll their biometrics information with the poll agency, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez posted on Twitter to get celebrities to create awareness for voter registration. “Dear celebrities on Twitter: Many of your

Iris ID to provide iris recognition solution for African nation’s electoral process

Iris ID announced that the government of an unnamed African nation has selected its iris recognition solution, IrisAccelerator, to help create a fraud-free voter registration list and ultimately guarantee a fair 2015 national elections. The country’s election commission is responsible for completing a voter registration list in time for this year’s national elections. Currently, about 1.2 million residents of the country’s 3.5 million total residents are registered to vote. The commission was originally planning on using a fingerprint biometrics solution

GenKey releases cloud-based version of biometric ID management solution

Identity and election management solutions firm GenKey announced that it has released a new version of its SPiRE solution, a central repository platform to store, process, retrieve and maintain the registration data of subjects. SPiRE biometric ID management solution is intended for large-scale deployments, such as the management of voter registration data for national elections. GenKey SPiRE works with GenKey ABIS for biometric deduplication of registrations and GenKey Adjudication for administrating biometric duplicates. This latest release offers a range of

Iris ID’s iris recognition system now integrated with ESI’s biometric voter registration

Iris ID Systems announced that its iris recognition system — IrisAccess platform iCAM T10 and IrisAccelerator — is now integrated with Electoral Services International’s biometric voter registration. All current ESI customers will be able to upgrade to the BVR application enabled with Iris ID technology. Combining commercial hardware with a software interface and a central multi-biometric matching server, ESI’s BVR can be used to collect and clean voter registration information. Using ESI’s BVR, electoral administrators are able to register voters

Biometric identification news from Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria

Uganda to Procure Biometric Passport System Uganda’s directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control has started the process of procuring electronic passports in a move aimed at tightening border security, combating terrorism, and fighting passport forgery. The East African country plans on issuing e-passport in November 2015, according to a local report. Uganda’s e-passport will feature a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip which stores citizen data along with a headshot, and data from fingerprint and iris scans. According to newspaper Turkiye, the

M2SYS Technology deploys biometric voter registration software in Yemen

M2SYS Technology announced that the country of Yemen is deploying its TrueVoter biometric voting registration platform for the nation’s upcoming constitutional referendum and national elections. The scalable and customizable TrueVoter software will allow the country’s Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) to deploy and maintain a complete biometric information system for rapid enrollment and identification of voters. The United States Agency for International Development is funding the project. M2SYS attributes its contract win to TrueVoter’s full functionality, which includes

Zetes provides biometric voter solution for Toga presidential election

Zetes has been awarded with a new contract with the Government of the Republic of Togo in which it will supply the country with a complete biometric election solution, which will be ready to be used in the 2015 presidential election, according to a report by BiztechAfrica. The comprehensive system will facilitate the entire voting process, from the biometric enrolment of the population to the publication of electoral rolls. This marks the fourth time the Togolese government has turned to

Philippines makes biometric voter enrollment mandatory

Philippine officials have announced that biometric voter enrollment will be mandatory in order to vote in the upcoming 2016 elections. Officials are encouraging citizens who are 18 years old and above to register at Commission on Elections (COMELEC) offices throughout the country.  According to COMELEC, registrants must bring identification cards issued by either the government, schools or employers to prove their identity. Those who do not have IDs can still be registered by providing an affidavit swearing their identity. COMELEC local