Sierra Leone gets biometric system for elections

Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) is investing over USD18 million on a biometric system to register voters for the next elections.

The NEC is buying 800 scanners for the registration drive starting in January.

This is the first time that a biometric-capable voter registration system will be used to capture voters' data, fingerprints and facial images.

The system, funded by the United Nations Development Programme, will replace the manual registration.

The new technology is expected to improve and secure the voter registration process,  said NEC information officer Albert Massaquoi.

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