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Biometric system to be used in presidential election

Biometric system to be used in presidential election

Jun 24, 2019 - 16:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) said on Monday it was purchasing 25,000 biometric devices to be used in the September 28 presidential election.

Zabihullah Sadat, IEC acting spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that biometric system would be used in the presidential election in order to ensure transparency.

He said 21,000 devices used in the October Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon polls were already available and 25,000 more would be purchased.

Around 35,000 polling sites have been set up countrywide for the Sept 28 presidential election.

Without revealing their cost, Sadat said the biometric devices would be purchased by IEC using government budget.

In the Wolesi Jirga elections, most of the biometric verification devices had issues and could not be used properly.

About the presidential poll, Sadat said “We have enough time to test all these devices and make sure they work properly.”

He informed trained IEC staff would use the devices which he said recorded fingerprints, eye-catchers, ID card and voter signature. Internet facility would also be provided to all polling centers to register voter lists.

Earlier, the IEC has launched a 20-day voter registration process for the September 28 presidential election. Voters are being registered at 705 registration centers – 247 in southern Ghazni and the rest in other provinces.


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