Zimbabwe’s government has signed a contract for the supply of a fingerprint biometric identity solution, for its 2018 general elections.

The contract was awarded and signed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and Ipsidy an American based company.

Ipsidy has its headquarters in New York and has operating subsidiaries in Colombia and in South Africa.

Its identity transaction platform creates authenticated identity and event details with a digital signature which uses a participant’s mobile device to approve transactions.

The de-duplication hardware and software solution to be supplied by Ipsidy will also include an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (“AFIS”).

According to Ipsidy, its solution is an integrated IDSearch/IMS Biometric Voter Registry solution powered by its AFIS technology and workflow management capabilities.

The solution will now be used in Zimbabwe to produce the required voter rolls from its national biometric voter database that was apparently established during 2017.

It will also provide automated voter roll publication conforming to Zimbabwe and international election standards.

However, the integrity of the voter roll will be underpinned by the accuracy of the Ipsidy de-duplication algorithms and the adjudication processes.

Thomas Szoke, Chief Technology Officer at Ipsidy said his company is very pleased to have been selected by the ZEC to provide the critical solution, ahead of all competitors under the tender.

According to him, the award represents the continued recognition of the efficacy and value of Ipsidy’s identification platform, software, and services in the African election market.