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

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

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

Zimbabwe agency launches biometric database to identify and manage SME’s

The Zimbabwe Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises (ZCSME) launched a biometric database last week in order to accurately identify and manage SME’s, according to a report by Chronicle. Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development Sithembiso Nyoni championed the ZCSME for implementing its own database for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “This database will not only assist the Chamber but also policy makers, researchers in academia in understanding the nature, size and scope of MSMEs in

Zimbabwe biometric voter registration system to cost $55 million

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) chairperson Rita Makarau said earlier this week that it will cost $55 million to deploy a biometric voters’ registration exercise in advance of the upcoming elections, according to a report by the Africa News Agency. The news comes a few months after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced its plans to introduce a biometric voting system as part of its reforms ahead of the 2018 general elections. The ZEC’s plans to use the full biometric

Labour industry stakeholders want biometric payroll registration for Zimbabwe civil service

In an effort to weed out ghost workers, reduce costs of wages and open up money for developmental projects, labour industry stakeholders are urging the Zimbabwe government to implement biometric payroll registration of the civil service to eliminate alleged ghost workers. According to a report in The Herald, the increase in the overall costs of public sector wages has surpassed the growth in real gross domestic product. In a recent workshop organized by the National Economic Consultative Forum and USAID

Biometrics to verify voters in Uganda; Zimbabwe and Pakistan evaluating costs, usability

Uganda’s electoral commission (EC) is to meet this week to explain its decision to use biometric voter verification in the upcoming general election to representatives of the presidential candidates, political parties and other stakeholders, according to a report in the Voice of America. Uganda’s EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa said that, “the deployment of the biometric verification mechanism at all polling stations across the country will significantly boost the credibility of the presidential, legislative and local elections.” He continued, “For the