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General Elections in Zimbabwe: Government Introduces Identification Of Voters By Fingerprints

The government of Zimbabwe has announced that it has awarded and signed the contract for the provision of the biometric fingerprint identification solution with the American company Ipsidy. The contract was signed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

The US company was selected following an international tender to provide deduplication, tendering and publication of voters lists.

Indeed, the hardware and software deduplication solution provided by Ipsidy will include an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and will be rolled out at the next general election in Zimbabwe in 2018.

“We are very pleased to have been selected by the ZEC to provide this unique solution to all competitors in the bid solicitation, which represents the ongoing recognition of the effectiveness and value of the Ipsidy’s identification platform, software and services, “said Thomas Szoke, Chief Technology Officer at Ipsidy.


According to him, the solution proposed by his company is an integrated solution powered by its particular technology and its management capabilities are almost without failure.

The solution will now be used in Zimbabwe to produce the required voters lists from its national biometric voter database established in 2017.

It will allow the automatic publication of electoral rolls in accordance with Zimbabwean and international election standards. The integrity of this list will be supported by the accuracy of Ipsidy’s deduplication algorithms and adjudication processes.

The announcement and appointment of Ipsidy come a few months after the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe after several decades of post. Mugabe had already been accused of manipulating the elections to remain president.

Ipsidy is headquartered in New York and has subsidiaries in Colombia and South Africa. Its transaction platform creates authenticated identities and event details with a digital signature. She uses the mobile device to approve transactions. In the case of Zimbabwe, it will be a voting “transaction”.


Written by How Africa

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