Zimbabwe: biometric voter registration kits cause early election friction

21 July 2017


Commissioner Emmanuel Magade, head of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has confirmed the payment of US$3.7 million for the procurement of biometric voter registration kits scheduled for use within the country's voter registration process ahead of the much- anticipated 2018 general elections.

The ZEC says each BVR kit includes a laptop with encryptable USB ports, digital signature pad and pen, fingerprint scanner, ID and document scanner, digital camera, solar kits and encryptable USB flash disks.

However, the procurement has been met with criticism and scepticism locally, particularly among opposition parties.

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