Gambia plans biometric voter registration

The Gambian Electoral Commission has committed itself to the introduction of a new biometric voter registration system, to be in place before presidential elections in September 2011. Two international companies, CODE Inc from Canada and Zetes from Belgium, have been shortlisted for the contract and are due to conduct a head-to-head mock registration exercise this month.

Gambia is a small country with an electorate of less than one million. Nevertheless it would seem to me to be unrealistic to deploy a new system from scratch in less than eighteen months.

via Senegambia News, 13 Jan 2010