The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has adopted the use of Electronic Biometric Voter Registration System in the country in order to address the enormous challenges the commission has been experiencing in maintaining a credible voters roll. A Biometric Voter Registration involves the use of biometric technologies with the use of computers, fingerprint scanners and digital cameras to capture the bio data of applicants. A MEC statement signed by the Chief Elections Officer, Willie Kalonga, says the adoption has been made following wide and extensive consultations with various stakeholders on voter registration solution.
“The commission has, hitherto, been experiencing enormous challenges in maintaining a credible voters’ roll. The major source of the challenge was the data capturing system in the field, which the new system will replace,” reads the statement in part. It is the fingerprints and other details which will be stored in the computer from which the voters register will be produced says the statement.
The statement further says that the system will assist in detecting multiple registrations unlike the old method which failed to capture such details as it did not have the inbuilt mechanism for accurate capturing of fingerprints.