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Kadaga fears EC verification machine maybe stolen


A technical demonstration of biometric voter verification system

The Electoral Commission (EC) has launched the Biometric voter verification system amid doubts by parliament speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, whether it can serve effectively.

The system uses fingerprints to match them with voter details to help the presiding officers confirm if the subject is legible for voting by issuing a receipt with details of that specific voter.

However, Ms Kadaga says despite the Biometric voter verification being a good innovation, it is most likely to come with a number of issues as it will not be able to capture finger prints of those without fingers.

“It is also capable of being destroyed, since it is very small, someone can grab it and run away with it,” she added.

Ms Kadaga, however, was quick to suggest that the security be alert to ensure no one tampers with the system or runs off with it.

The EC chairman, Mr Badru Kiggundu, on his part said that the new system will ease the work of officers; he also reiterated that it will increase transparency.

“Everyone who will be issued a receipt after finger print is captured will vote,” he said.

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