Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has won an international tender to supply Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI), the National Independent Electoral Commission (NICE) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with 22,000 mobile biometric voter enrollment kits to support a comprehensive update of the country’s national voter register.
“We needed a reliable partner to facilitate our ambitious program, which we expect will enroll up to 45 million voters,” Corneille Nangaa, President of CENI said in a statement.
Gemalto’s Coesys Mobile Enrollment stations will enable 18,000 enrollment centers to rapidly acquire digital photographs, fingerprint and signature records of citizens, and instantly issue personalized voter cards for upcoming general elections and will [Mobile Enrollment stations ] also feature a ruggedized, suitcase-style design and can be deployed virtually anywhere across the country.
CENI will use the Coesys Mobile Enrollment stations to ensure efficient and quality acquisition of voter’s personal details and biometric data that will be used to add new eligible voters, as well as clean and update existing records in the national voter register ahead of the elections.
In particular, the use of irrefutable biometric data will help identify and eliminate duplicates. CENI is responsible for managing and operating the entire enrollment process, and consolidating the voter registry.
“Our secure mobile enrollment solution will enable CENI to establish a reliable and respected voter registry, based on undisputable biometric data, and provide all the flexibility required to set up voter registration bureau all across the country” said Frederic Trojani, Executive VP for Government Programs at Gemalto. “Above all else, it provides the Democratic Republic of Congo with a trusted foundation towards free, fair and transparent elections.”