Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, June 24th, 2019

IEC Close to Finalizing Biometric System for Election Day

IEC Close to Finalizing  Biometric System for Election Day

KABUL - A day after CEO Abdullah Abdullah said an agreement had been reached on the use of a biometric system in elections, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said it is working on the issue and has been dealing with a German company.
“The issue which is being worked on is the use of a biometric system on October 20 (Election Day). Our assessments have been completed by up to 70 percent, but there are still questions in this regard. We hope that we can find answers for them,” said Hafizullah Hashemi, the IEC spokesman.
He said they will announce a final decision after consultations with political parties.
Hashemi said the IEC had agreed with a German company to provide the biometric system for elections.
He said the company is a well-established company with many years of experience in supplying biometric systems around the world.
He said the biometric units would be installed at more than 5,000 polling centers across the country on election day.
Parliamentary elections have been scheduled for October 20.
Use Of ‘Modern Technology’ For Elections
President Ashraf Ghani in August directed the Central Statistic Organization (CSO) to use “modern technology” to specify the exact number of voters who will cast their votes at polling stations on election day.
According to Ghani’s decree, the CSO was ordered to cooperate with the Independent Election Commission (IEC), security agencies and other relevant institutions in determining the exact number of registered voters.
In the decree, the Ministry of Finance and the National Procurement Authority have been ordered to cooperate with the CSO and other departments in the allocation of budget and procurement for the technology.
Afghanistan's Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) has said that they are ready to help the CSO determine the voter numbers.
The decree does not state details about whether a biometric system will be used to identify voters on election day.
Statistics by the Independent Election Commission show that over nine million voters have registered their names for the upcoming elections. (Tolo news)