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Daon provides biometric voter registration software for Somaliland


Daon released details today about its role in providing biometric voter registration capabilities to the National Election Commission (NEC) in Somaliland. Daon was the core software provider to ATEA, the IT infrastructure provider selected by UN NGO Interpeace and the NEC for the project.

Daon’s identity management software suite includes biometric voter registration and centralized voter management modules. Daon worked with ATEA to design, assemble and deliver the voter registration kits with iris capture and matching functionality using IrisID for the iris acquisition cameras and recognition technology.

“From an international tendering procedure, Interpeace, in collaboration with NEC, selected the best value for money technology, expertise and support needed to help us create a new electoral register in Somaliland,” commented Jerry McCann Deputy Director-General, Operations at Interpeace. “The National Electoral Commission worked closely with the chosen contractor ATEA, and particularly with Daon on the voter registration system functionality, to ensure they could easily train their operators on the biometric voter registration kits and central voter registry management system in order to roll out a national elections registration program successfully.”

Daon will ensure the provisional and final voter lists are clean for elections to be held in 2017.

Tom Grissen, Daon’s chief executive officer commented on the Somaliland biometric voter registration program. “We are delighted to leverage the power of our biometric software for the important mission of strengthening democracy and building peace. Being selected to help Somaliland Elections is very special to the company and all our people. We look forward to the next stage of the rollout and ultimately to successful elections for the benefit of Somaliland.”

In recent months, Cambodia and Brazil have announced biometric voter registration projects.

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