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

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 BiometricUpdate.com, 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 Rappler.com, 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