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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?

June 1, 2013
A few days ago, a curious article appeared on the guineeactu.info website about a company called Zetes, which apparently was recently hired to “de-duplicate” names in the electoral rolls kept by Guinea’s electoral commission, the CENI, in preparation for legislative elections this “summer.”  The author, Didier Nkingu, is a shareholder in Zetes Industries SA, a parent company of Zetes.   Mr. Nkingu attended a  shareholder’s meeting on May 29 and was able to ask a few questions of Zetes CEO, Alain Wirtz.  Wirtz revealed that it was the European Union which had taken charge of financing the cleanup of the list and that it would be finished by June 1.  Mr. Nkingu is correct to wonder how the start date of the election campaign could have been announced before the rolls were cleaned up and revised lists were distributed to all election officials.  Another question that might be asked regarding timing is: If this is a recent contract with Zetes, as it appears, was Guinea’s CENI prepared to go to legislative elections back on the previously chosen date of May 10 without this de-duplication process?  If so, why?   Mr. Nkingu’s article appears below.  

 
Further below, you will find information about the work Zetes is doing for Guinea, including two press statements, both issued in the last week of May, and additional information from the company’s website as well as Wikipedia.

 
In addition to timing issues that don’t add up, it is important to know more about the path of funding and choice of company, given that it is headquartered in Belgium and the duplicitous EU representative in Guinea, Philippe Van Damme, is from Belgium.
And finally, is the Zetes’ work miission to bury the fraud even deeper?
 
Readers, if you have any insight, please share with Guinea Oye.

Start Date of the election campaign in Guinea and Zetes

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

>Two press releases issued by Zetes both in the last week of May, about project with Guinea’s CENI

Zetes signs deal with Guinea’s INEC

31/05/13

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.

The project 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).  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.”Zetes is involved in a number of projects in west Africa, including Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.
 

Zetes provides ABIS services to the Republic of Guinea

30/05/2013

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.

 

>From Wikipedia
Zetes Industries S.A. / N.V. (Zetesis a pan-European technology company in the industry for automatic identification of both goods and people.  Zetes has offices in BelgiumCôte d’IvoireDenmarkGermanyGreeceFranceIrelandIsraelItaly, the NetherlandsPortugalSouth AfricaSpainSwitzerland and the United Kingdom Zetes is headquartered in Brussels with operations in EuropeAfrica and Israel
 
 
-On its “PEOPLE ID” page, it provides reference information and case studies of “People ID” projects Zetes has conducted in various countries:
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