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Tanzania to adopt biometric system for 2015 elections

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Tanzania's election body plans to use biometric voter registration and identification systems for the nation’s 2015 vote, following in the footsteps of Kenya and Ghana.

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) says the biometric system is expected to capture facial, identification document and fingerprint data of voters.

Electronic voter systems have been rolled out in nations such as Kenya and Ghana with the chief intention of preventing voters from illegally voting twice.

Tanzania’s NEC has therefore said it plans to publish a tender to roll out the technology.

"The whole decision was made by the government, as a result there is no need of hiding the process from the public, everything will be known after we complete the whole tendering procedure," the chairman said.

The NEC has decided to push forward with the technology despite failures that occurred in Kenya’s electronic and biometric voter system last month.

Kenya had to resort to counting votes manually, following technical glitches that hit the system.

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