Guinea’s CENI, the European Union, a Belgian Contractor, De-Duplication of Names on Electoral Rolls and What’s Belgian EU Rep. to Guinea, Philippe Van Damme, Have to Do with It?
Didier Nkingu Jeudi, 30 Mai 2013 15:58
In my capacity as a shareholder of the Zetes Industries SA (the parent company Zetes) I attended last May 29 in Brussels at the general meeting of the company and I asked oral questions concerning elections planned in Guinea on June 30 to Mr. Alain Wirtz, CEO of Zetes SA, the Belgian company responsible for cleaning the electoral roll. This told me that it was the European Union which had supported the funding of the service contract awarded to the company for cleaning the Guinean electoral roll and, especially, it would finalize the cleaning of the electoral roll on June 1, 2013. Consequently, how the campaign can start it before cleaning the electoral roll has been finalized by Zetes and voter lists redacted duplicates has been prepared?
Didier Nkingu, Administrator APRODEC ASBL, responsible for legal matters
Guinea’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has selected Zetes to handle the deduplication of voters’ data in legislative elections scheduled for this summer. The aim is to create a reliable electoral roll.
Brussels – 30 May 2013 – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the Republic of Guinea has entrusted Zetes with the deduplication of voters’ data in legislative elections scheduled for this summer. The aim is to create a reliable electoral roll. The entire process is supported by the international community.
The project helps to achieve objectives of the People ID division for 2013. It includes centralised data consolidation, including back-up systems, and the verification of print and facial biometric data using an ABIS system (Automated Biometric Identification System). The biometric data include voters’ fingerprints and photo.
Alain Wirtz, CEO of Zetes, states: “Biometry and the associated deduplication services are critical elements in establishing the electoral rolls when organising elections. Zetes has internationally-recognised expertise in this field and we are delighted to use it in our collaboration with the Guinean authorities.”
The Republic of Guinea is thus added to the list of Zetes references in West Africa. Projects have previously been carried out in Côte d’Ivoire, where the company has a subsidiary, as well as in Benin, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.