Today, voters across the country have had a chance to experience and learn how the biometric verification voters system will work during the coming general elections.
The new technology system, which was launched recently by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga is geared towards eradicating ineligible voters from the voting exercise.
According to the Electoral Commission (EC) main supervisor, Kawempe division, Vincent Sserunjogi, the division has 215, 000 registered voters of which about 200,000 voters turned up to learn and experience how the new system works.
“After entering the bar cord or the national ID number and capturing your thumbprint, the system will be able to verify the voter’s identity before allowed to vote,” Mr Sserunjogi said.
He says this will also help to promote free and fair elections as no one will be able to vote more than once.
In Kampala, the exercise was conducted at the division level while for other parts of the country; it has been at the district level.
How it works
Mr Sserunjogi added that the bio-metric verification voter’s system is trusted as its batteries can work for 18 hours yet the exercise is for 11 hours.
The machine automatically can’t open before and after the allocated time. It will start working at 7a.m up to 4pm, the closing time for elections.
Detecting forged identity cards
Mr Sserunjogi said the bio-metric verification voters system is able to detect forged national identification cards because it is programmed and store the data for each district which where voters are allocated to the polling station.
Next week, all voters will also receive voter’s slip as additional document to be used in the voting process. The bio-metric verification voters system will scan the voter’s slip and have all particulars.
Mr Ibrahim Mirembe Kamuhanda, who is contesting for Kawempe Division mayor post applauded the system, which he said will assist and simplify the work of the Electoral Commission.