Countries continue to adopt biometric voter verification

Voatz honored for his efforts to increase American voter turnout

Voatz is celebrating awards for its work to increase voter turnout in the United States and beyond through its blockchain and biometrics technology that allows people to vote securely from anywhere.

According to a corporate blog Publish, Voatz was recently honored at the 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards and 2021 Webby Awards – also known as the ‘Oscars of the Internet’.

The company appeared prominently in three different categories at the World Changing Ideas Awards. She became a finalist in the “Politics and Politics” category for her innovative campaigns and policy initiatives that challenge the status quo for the benefit of the environment, equity and society. It was also a finalist in the “Experimental” category and received an honorable mention in the “Applications” category, says the newsletter.

Voatz said the recognition follows major efforts over the past five years that have focused on improving the security of its solution to help provide access to voters who have previously been disenfranchised or unable to participate in the elections.

The company also notes that in the 2020 US general election, its mobile biometric voting app allowed voters with disabilities, deployed military personnel, and citizens living overseas to vote. Voatz said he was involved in 23 elections that year and was seeking $ 10 million in funding to drive adoption of his app and web solution.

Pakistan expects biometric vote in upcoming polls

The Pakistani cabinet approved an order from President Arif Alvi that calls for the introduction of electronic voting machines with biometric verification and the ability for citizens living abroad to participate in national elections, according to local media. ARY News and Dawn.

The ordinance, which was recently promulgated following a federal cabinet meeting, amends Articles 94 (1) and 103 of the 2017 Election Law and authorizes the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) to procure machines. to vote electronically (EVM) before the next general elections. statutorily scheduled for the last quarter of 2023. The ordinance also allows some nine million Pakistanis living abroad and eligible to vote, to do so as well.

Giving details regarding the approval of the ordinance, Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told Dawn that this means the ECP has been given the power to procure the electronic voting machines. He said consultations were also underway to finalize proposals on technical issues related to the use of biometrics and the digital voting process.

Dawn also reports that some stakeholders, including within the ECP, have expressed reservations, saying the digital voting project should not be rushed so as not to compromise the integrity of the electoral process in Pakistan. They also called for secure technology for this purpose.

Nigeria Allows Online Voter Registration, Biometric In-Person Registration

An official from the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) said those 18 or older and those who have not registered on the electoral rolls before, can register online for the 2023 elections starting next month. , according to The nation.

INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye said to reduce congestion at registration centers, people can complete registration forms online before physically showing up for their biometric capture.

Okoye also called on those who have already registered but are having problems with their voter cards, to also come to the registration centers for correction.

Biometric Voting System for Papua New Guinea

Talks are underway between the government of Papua New Guinea and the country’s electoral commission to set up a biometric voter verification system for future elections.

The country has general elections slated for November 2022 and the suggestion comes as the government and stakeholders reflect on ways they can organize successful polls amid the coronavirus pandemic, EMTV reports.

The report adds that the government led by Prime Minister James Marape has ordered all provincial governments and provincial COVID-19 control centers to send proposals in this regard.

“One thing we could use to clean up the voting process is biometrics and an electronically registered voters list, with photographs attached for all of our voter populations. This process will be reviewed by the Election Commission. They tested an electronic voter update in a council neighborhood… and it worked really well. We will try to broaden this considerably… ”another report from Loop declared Prime Minister Marape.

He added that the planned use of biometrics is aimed at preventing block voting and continuing reforms of the electoral process.

Failure of biometric devices blocks polls in Albania

Problems with biometric machines in Albania disrupted the smooth running of the voting process in many counties across the country during its recent elections, Euronews Albania reports.

In some cases, the failure of the devices prompted election authorities to allow manual authentication of voters online, in line with election commission guidelines.

The biometric identification system was used for the first time in Albania’s electoral history, the report says.

Meanwhile, in Kyrgyzstan, around 91 percent of citizens over the age of 18 registered their biometric information with the electoral body for local polls that took place last month, per AKIpress.

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Albania | biometrics | digital identity | elections | identity verification | Nigeria | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | voting record

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