IEC to replace outdated voter registration machines

IEC machine which scans an ID cards. Picture: Nigel Sibanda (The Citizen)
IEC machine which scans an ID cards. Picture: Nigel Sibanda (The Citizen)

THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that it will be issuing a tender for the procurement of new voter registration technology aimed at supporting the process of voter registration and to manage the voter’s roll on voting day.

A total of 38 000 such portable devices will be procured to replace the ageing existing registration devices popularly known as “zip-zip machines” which have been a feature of elections in South Africa for many years.

The IEC said the scope of the tender may include the maintenance and repair of the devices over their intended lifespan, which is at least eight years. In terms of the tender, final delivery of the devices is expected by May 2018.

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Commission’s spokesperson Kate Bapela said: “The approach used to date, that of scanning an identity document and recording the data, is now outdated and inadequate for future purpose. The Electoral Commission intends to harness advances in appropriate technology and apply them in this solution.”

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