Elections '12-'13, News

Georgia may start using biometric voters lists

by | Apr 30, 2013
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Voters queuing on election day October 1, 2012. (DFWatch photo.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is considering using biometric information to identify voters in the next election.

A cross-faction group in parliament presented a proposal on Monday about how to prepare the voters’ list in the future.

Those behind the project say there still is only biometric data from about 750 000 citizens in the database, so for the plan to work it is necessary to collect data about all citizens who have the right to vote. According to the latest census, the population of Georgia is about 4.4 million.

The group suggested going from door to door to collect data, which means technical group will visit people’s houses and take pictures of them, but the process should be preceded by public advertisements to inform citizens.

It is still unknown when this process will start, but the group assumes that it cannot be done before the next presidential election in October 2013, but possibly for the next local election in 2014.



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