THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has been praised as one of the most forward-looking election management bodies in the world.
The sentiments was raised by Antonio Mugica, CEO for Smartmatic, a London headquartered provider of electronic voting technology.
Mugica said: “Forr more than a decade, the ECZ has been continuously updating and upgrading its cutting-edge voter database.
“The database has enabled national elections in 2010, 2015 and 2021. Today, the database contains biographic and biometric data, including facial photos and 10-finger biometrics of every voter.
“The Electoral Commission of Zambia deployed Smartmatic biometric e-Poll books during the Presidential and Parliamentary elections held in August 2021.”
The August 2021 elections in Zambia saw long-time Presidential contestant Hakainde Hichilema storming to victory, defeating President Edgar Lungu by almost 1 million votes.
Said Mugica: “The portable biometric devices were used at polling sites to authenticate voters against Zambia’s clean voter database. The e-Poll books also helped administer polling stations,” said Mugica.
“The Electoral Commission of Zambia is one of the most forward-looking election management bodies in the world. We are proud to have it among our trusted partners since 2010,” he adds.
“The combination of a robust database and the 1,000 efficient e-Poll books deployed in 2021 helped minimize identity-related fraud and streamlined polling station management.
“Using industry best practices, authorities cleaned the database and eliminated duplicates before the election. Having fingerprints and facial biometrics allowed for a thorough depuration process that ensured maximum accuracy.
“Committed to guarantee the integrity of their elections, Zambia has harnessed the power of biometric technology. We hope to continue serving a nation that is today a worldwide reference for the use of inclusive, robust, and secure biometric voter databases,” added Mugica.