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Comelec Campaign Enters ‘Last Chance’ Phase

Comelec Campaign Enters ‘Last Chance’ Phase

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (or Comelec) is extending office hours for its voter registration centers in one final push to get people signed up to vote for next year’s national election, which will rely on biometric polling. The deadline for enrolment is October 31st. Starting October 17th, voter registration centers will be open 12…

Kyrgyzstan Concludes Biometric Election

Kyrgyzstan Concludes Biometric Election

Kyrgyzstan has become the first country in Central Asia to implement biometric polling. The technology was used in the country’s just-concluded national election, which international election monitors have deemed to be largely free and fair. Such “lively and competitive elections” are unusual in the region, according to one Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe…

Bhutan District Tests Out Biometric Polling

Bhutan District Tests Out Biometric Polling

A municipal electoral district in Bhutan is testing out biometric voter authentication for an upcoming election. So far officials in the Samdrup Jongkhar dzongkhag administrative district have registered the fingerprints of 247 voters. It’s a move primarily aimed at reducing hassle for voters and ensuring that elections proceed more smoothly. Voters normally need to present special voter…

Smartmatic: The Future of Elections is Digital

Smartmatic: The Future of Elections is Digital

Elections commissions from around the world are increasingly adopting technology to improve election administration. According to expert Robert Cook, Worldwide Business Support Vice-President for Smartmatic, biometrics and the Internet are two of the technologies that are making elections more transparent and efficient. FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill spoke to Robert Cook about the work this London-based…

Comelec Registration Centers Stay Open on Eid al-Adha

Comelec Registration Centers Stay Open on Eid al-Adha

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) continues its relentless push to get eligible voters to register their biometric data ahead of next year’s national election. To that end, Comelec kept its registration centers open during the Eid al-Adha holiday this week, and urged eligible voters to take advantage of their free time by getting registered. It…

Philippines Provinces Show Biometric Pride

Philippines Provinces Show Biometric Pride

With the October 31st deadline for voter registration looming as the Philippines prepares for next year’s national election, some of the country’s provinces are vying for bragging rights about how many voters’ biometrics they have collected. The collection of the biometric data is a major, ongoing project of the Commission on Elections, or Comelec, as…

Only 3.1m Voters Left to Register for Philippines’ Biometric Polling

Only 3.1m Voters Left to Register for Philippines’ Biometric Polling

There are only a little over three million eligible voters left who have not yet registered their biometric data with the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec), the agency has reported. Comelec has been pushing for several months to get as many voters registered as possible in anticipation of next year’s national election, which will rely…

GenKey Sees Biometric Elections Success in Ghana

GenKey Sees Biometric Elections Success in Ghana

Ghana held its District Level Elections earlier this month and biometric tech supplied by large scale biometrics solutions provider GenKey played a key role in the successful observance of the democratic process. GenKey has announced today that its biometric voter registration solution was successfully deployed in Ghana, delivered in good cooperation with the company’s partner STL.…

Comelec Targets Narrow, Biometric Registration Continues

Comelec Targets Narrow, Biometric Registration Continues

Officials with the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (or Comelec) are starting to target their messaging on a local level as they seek to register the biometric data of registered voters in anticipation of next year’s national election. Bacolod City’s Comelec registrar, Mavil Majarucon-Sia, has released figures indicating that only two percent of that municipality’s voters…

GenKey Tech Powers Biometric Election System in Tanzania

GenKey Tech Powers Biometric Election System in Tanzania

GenKey, an identity solutions provider specializing in elections and healthcare, has another major national project underway. The Dutch company is providing its biometric identity solutions for an upcoming election in Tanzania. Working as a subcontractor for South Africa-based Lithotech Exports, GenKey has been implementing its Automated Biometric Identification Solution (ABIS), its SPiRE Voter ID Management…

National ID Month: The Primer

National ID Month: The Primer

Among the largest biometrics technology deployments in the world you will find government applications of national ID. Massive biometrics databases, containing citizen biometric data, allowing the countries that employ them to dole out essential services, conduct elections, keep track of visitors and more. September is National ID Month at FindBiometrics in which we will be…

Comelec Counts Down to Biometric Registration Deadline

Comelec Counts Down to Biometric Registration Deadline

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or Comelec, is once again boosting its efforts to get eligible voters’ biometrics registered for next year’s national election. With the October 31 registration deadline fast approaching, Comelec has launched a new media campaign under the banner ‘Walang Forever’, a phrase roughly translating to ‘nothing lasts forever’. The new campaign follows…

Biometric Polling Gets Bumpy Start in Pakistan

Biometric Polling Gets Bumpy Start in Pakistan

A test-run for biometric polling has concluded in Pakistan’s Haripur NA-19 constituency, and the results are not great. The biometric machines used were able to correctly identify only 46 percent of participating voters. Conducted as part of a by-election, the project was meant only to test the waters of biometric polling. According to NADRA, the…

Pakistan Tests Biometric Polling in By-Election

Pakistan Tests Biometric Polling in By-Election

Pakistan is taking a very tentative step into biometric polling with an upcoming by-election. The Election Commission of Pakistan is introducing biometric voting machines for use as a pilot project in the Haripur NA-19 constituency for its August 16th by-election. The ECP’s approach is a cautious one. All electoral candidates and parties have been consulted…

Comelec Registers Bulk of Voter Biometrics

Comelec Registers Bulk of Voter Biometrics

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or ‘Comelec’, is reporting fair progress in getting voters to register their biometric information in anticipation of the country’s 2016 election. The Commission’s Chairman told reporters yesterday that Comelec now has about 50 million voters registered. That compared against the 52 million registered voters ahead of the 2013 mid-term elections,…

‘No Biometrics, No Vote’: Philippines’ Election Commission

‘No Biometrics, No Vote’: Philippines’ Election Commission

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or ‘Comelec’, is expanding its efforts to collect voters’ biometric data in anticipation of next year’s election. The commission has rolled out a campaign with the slogan ‘No Bio, No Boto’, which basically translates to ‘No bio, no vote’. Voters are being asked to provide their signatures, digital photos of…

Nigeria’s New Voting Technology Endures Bumpy Rollout

Nigeria’s New Voting Technology Endures Bumpy Rollout

A trial run of Nigeria’s new biometric voting system has experienced some major hiccups, according to an AllAfrica article. Implemented by the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the mock polling was said to have run into technical glitches with its new smart card reader system. One of the main issues was the amount of…

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