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Uganda’s EC begins training staff to use biometric voter identification system


NTV is reporting that Uganda’s Electoral Commission has begun training staff to use the new biometric voter identification system and the electronic results transmission system prior to its next general election.

“The Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS), aims at improving the integrity of the electoral process through authentication of voter identity. This system basically uses fingerprints to match them with voter details which will help the election officer to confirm that the voter is on the roll of that polling station,” EC chairperson Dr Badru Kiggundu said in a report by The Monitor last month.

Frans Gunnenk, the Managing Director of Smartmatic, the Dutch company which supplied the machines, told StarAfrica that the system identifies the voter by the particulars contained in the national voter register through the use of fingerprints to prevent ineligible voters from casting the ballot.

The fingerprint scanners will be used simultaneously in 28,010 polling stations during the election on February 18th.

The 50 staff members currently training on the new technology will be deployed to train others operators all over the country in operating the systems.

This will be the first time the country uses a biometric voter identification system and the second time an electronic vote tallying system is used having made its debut in 2011.

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