GenKey delivers biometric voter verification for Ghana
30 November 2015 11:07 GMT

Dutch biometric elections firm GenKey announces that its biometric voter verification solution has been successfully deployed at the District Level Elections in Ghana, which took place on September 1, 2015.

The solution was delivered in good cooperation with local partner STL.

[GenKey's Biometric Verification Device in use during the 2015 Ghana District Level Elections] The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana had selected STL/GenKey’s solution to verify the identity of eligible voters on Election Day to ensure fair and transparent elections. The solution included GenKey’s mobile biometric verification device, which is equipped with a barcode reader, a fingerprint scanner and a screen displaying instructions to the operator as well as the facial image of the registered voter. The devices were upgraded after they were used in the last General Elections in December 2012.

Biometric verification of voters on Election Day took place at 26,906 polling stations across Ghana. In order to ensure a smooth voting process, GenKey delivered 72,000 biometric verification devices (at least two devices per polling station) that were used by trained operators.

According to the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), who deployed close to 700 observers in 500 sampled polling stations in 86 districts of Ghana, the District Level Elections took place in a generally calm environment without major incidents. The observers reported that the biometric verification devices were functioning well at the polling stations observed, except for a few instances of temporary breakdown, which were resolved promptly and did not have any major impact on the voting process. Reports from various parts of the country indicated high voter turnout in some areas while other places were experiencing very low turnout.

“We are proud to have successfully delivered our biometric voter verification solution during the District Level Elections”, says Michiel van der Veen, CEO of GenKey. “It supports our mission to provide digital identities to citizens in emerging economies enabling fair elections and supporting democracy”, he adds.