Ghana is getting ready for its first-ever biometric voter registration ahead of December’s general elections. The $45-million project has been piloted in some areas, but social and technological difficulties remain, according to a report in Voice of America.
Ghana joins Nigeria, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo who adopted the fingerprint scanning technology to help prevent electoral fraud.
Ghana hopes the biometric system will verify that those who are voting should be voting, and that they only vote once.
There are complications with the system. There are 23,000 polling stations in the country, but they are not interconnected to share registration information. This leaves room for duplication.
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