BIOMETRIC VOTER REGISTRATION
The first step for any successful election is to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to register. For countries without a central population register in particular, this can be a daunting challenge. Zetes provides a variety of solutions for large-scale voter registration, the most notable of which is based on a mobile biometric enrolment kit. The use of biometrics, usually fingerprints, eliminates the risk of “phantom voters” and helps cleanse a voter list of voters who have registered more than once.
Zetes’ enrolment kits have been used successfully in developing countries for the registration of tens of millions voters within just a few months. Zetes has the production capacity and logistical expertise to design, deliver and deploy tens of thousands of kits in very short delivery times. From a logistics perspective, it is necessary to ensure enrolment kits are delivered correctly to every district and also that technical problems can be resolved quickly by technical support teams all over the country. Equally important, Zetes has the ability to train the tens of thousands of enrolment operators needed to deploy kits throughout a country.
CREATION OF VOTER LISTS
Zetes also provides the software and infrastructure for consolidating registered information in a reliable voter list. Registration data is collected and vetted according to a strict vetting procedure to ensure that every voter is only registered once in the final voter list.
The vetting process also cross checks biographic information for every registered person and uses biometric modalities, for example fingerprint, face or iris, to eliminate multiple registration attempts by the same person. The central biometric system is referred to as the ‘ABIS’ or Automated Biometric Identification System.
Voter cards are used to identify registered voters at polling stations. These cards can either be issued immediately upon registration (local printing and immediate issuance) or distributed later on, after the vetting and creation of a national voter list (central printing and deferred issuance).