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    Oct 2008

    FAQ: Beyond Indelible Ink - Biometric Voter Identity Card

    If indelible ink does not work, are there other alternatives?

    Yes, Biometric Voter Identity Card (BVID).

    What is it?

    Most important reference manual.

    Initial review:

    Pg 347 Data integrity: all voters’ addresses to be processed to the voters’ roll and available for public inspection well in advance of the closure of rolls for an election. Rely on NRD data to cut down on work load. Tie to bank addresses.

    Pg 348 - lessons learned: Part of the success is due to the ethos developed within the IEC of professionalism and integrity that builds public trust and respect for the institution in general.

    · sufficient time – that is, 19 months from the initiation of the process.
    · Look for a domestic solution that fits local circumstances
    · Don’t just review, implement lessons learned
    · Public perceptions of integrity in election management are essential
    · Secure, store and maintain equipment carefully.
    · Maintain EMB control of registration but build external partnerships to leverage Resources. Department of Home Affairs for voter registration validity checking, and with the SABC and CSO sector for voter education to support the voter registration programme.
    · Ensure that the system is sustainable
    · Training, training, training
    · What to do with continuous registration?

    Expectations versus outcome

    When the national common voters’ roll was set up in 1998 using the first zip-zip machines to capture data, expectations were that the system would:

    • be a fast and accurate way to process data captured in multiple field locations;
    • use computerised data capture as far as possible;
    • be a system that was easy for voters to use and easy to train large numbers of staff to operate;
    • be widely acceptable and promote stakeholder confidence;
    • be reliably effective in the range of conditions in South Africa;
    • create a sustainable registration system for the longer term;
    • produce a voters’ roll of high integrity; and
    • be able to be fully supported technically within South Africa.

    Cost-benefit analysis of voter registration: zip-zip machines. ten years and four national elections. A voter registration operation plus equipment cost of R240 million for the 2009 election is equivalent to around R10.35 (US$1.35) per voter. biometric information capture and proof of eligibility to vote document production paid for through the civil registration system.

    On combined longevity and registration data capture accuracy grounds alone, the zip-zip machines and their support system appear to have been a good investment – without considering added benefits such as the uses of zip-zip machines in the voting process.

    Stakeholders in general feel that voter registration would be improved if the IEC considered a more continuous training regime for staff and continuous voter education. They are concerned about potential lapses in voters’ roll integrity related to the treatment of deceased voters.

    Problems: requirement for personal attendance for any voters’ register transaction, and the unavailability of up-to-date address data on the voter registers distributed to political parties prior to an election.

    There is an argument that once initial registration is validated, later amendments need not be made in person. The IEC is considering the possibility of internet-based amendment transactions using a secure key issued to each voter. The IEC is also considering scanning all voter registration application forms using imaging software on scanners already available in MEOs, and linking these images through ID numbers to the voter registration system. Eligibility checking would be made significantly more complex for the IEC if one was to remove the requirement for a single barcoded source to support registration.

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    Oct 2008
    What about the experience of other countries?

    Apparently, Ghana seems to be most advanced in this field:

    Face and fingerprints:

    Face and veins on back of hand: USA

    Biometric voter verification in Ghana: 10 fingers and face

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