25 January 2012

Biometric voting system Ready

Software is said to be able to prevent multiple voting (ofcourse that's the real reason why it was created right?.... YAWN)


  A BIOMETRIC research and development firm said it has developed a software able to detect identical thumbprints  in a system, thus enabling the Election Commission to clean up the electoral roll and prevent mutilple voting.
  ASAP Bhd chief value provider P. Chakravertty said the system could complement indelible-ink voting.

  "We will be approaching the EC and the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) soon as the system is ready to be deployed."

  The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) could, for instance, detect and flag two identification cards with matching thumbprints.

  "EC officers can keep only one of these conflicting records," he said, adding that the system worked because thumbprints were unique.

  AFIS, developed by a biometric research and development firm - Dermalog and distributed by ASAP, also had the capability of pre-loading voter data according to different constituencies into a specially made handheld device.

  "This function would be helpful to EC officers armed with such devices on voting day," Chakravertty said.

  He also said the AFIS programme on each handheld device could only be accessed by EC officers in charge.

The officers need to scan their MyKad and thumbprint to verify their identity before the programme can boot.

  "When a voter shows up at a polling station, he or she can insert his or her MyKad into the reader. The system is compatible with both the old and new MyKad."

  Chakravertty said once a MyKad was inserted, the person's photo would be displayed on screen and EC officers would be able to compare it to the person's physical attributes.

He said the system would check whether a person's thumbprint matched their IC number,  whether the registered voters were in the right constituency and whether that person had cast a vote.

  A green icon, depicting a man, will appear on screen if the voter has passed all three checks, while a red icon will pop up if the voter has failed the verification process.

  Only those who have passed all three checks may vote. The system will bar further attempts of voting by the same person, due to their unique thumbprint.

  Chakravertty said the system was immune to hacking because its codings were encrypted and the devices were not linked to each other through a network.

   "Because the data is preloaded into each machine corresponding to voters' registered address, no voters will be able to vote in other areas as the machines there will not carry their details."

   The standalone devices can be used in rural areas without the need to worry about electricity, as the devices have a 12-hour battery life.

   Chakravertty said judging from the recent debates over the proposed electoral reforms, Dermalog had decided to volunteer its independent software solution to the EC.    He said EC officers could learn the user-friendly system in a short period.

   The New Straits Times had reported on Jan 12 that the final hurdle for indelible ink to be used in the 13th general election had been cleared when the National Fatwa Council ruled the substance to be halal.

   The decision was made at a muzakarah (meeting), attended by the council's 22 members, representatives from the EC and the Chemistry Department, at the Islamic Development Department.

   The indelible ink was one of the recommendations of the PSC on electoral reforms.


Read more: Biometric voting system ready - General - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/local/general/biometric-voting-system-ready-1.36109#ixzz1kWYwudYq

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