Ghana uses biometric voter verification for third election

An election in Ghana has for a third time been held using biometric tech deployed by GenKey.

Ghana’s Electoral Commission first used GenKey’s biometric technology to register and verify voters in the country’s 2012 general election.

That election was a world first: the first time biometric technology was used to verify voters identities on an election day.

Three years later, the Electoral Commission again used GenKey’s biometric solution, this time to deliver Ghana’s municipal elections.

According to Michiel van der Veen, CEO GenKey, this means that the 2016 general election is a major milestone not just for Ghana, but for the biometrics industry as a whole.

Michiel van der Veen said, “Ghana is setting the standard for biometric voter verification in terms of scale and frequency. The fact that Ghana has done it successfully three times in a row demonstrates that the right biometric technology, deployed in the right way, can deliver reliable and sustainable voter verification on election day. It’s proof that biometric elections work.”

Genkey noted that biometric technology will once again be at the heart of Ghana’s election process, helping to verify the identities of more than 16 million eligible voters. The lead contractor is Ghana-based STL Supertech, partnering with GenKey for the biometric verification process.

No other country in the world has deployed biometrics at such scale in three successive elections.

Source: Planet Biometrics


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