Tanzanian election officials reiterated intentions to use biometric voter registration for the 2015 elections and explained how the machines would be used, Tanzania’s Daily News reported Thursday (May 16th). The system will only be used for voter registration, not during the actual voting, National Electoral Commission (NEC) Vice-Chairman Hamid Mahmoud Hamid said. Politicians have raised concerns about the biometric system, which has encountered problems when used in other African elections, including during Kenya’s elections in March.
To avoid complications, the biometric systems will only be used to store three data points to verify voters — fingerprints, facial images and signatures — even though the system can store up to 12 features, NEC Deputy Secretary Sisti Cariah said.
NEC representatives also rebuffed concerns that some voters would be deprived of their voting rights because they would reach legal age just before the elections.