Zambia is introducing a computerised voter system as part of new security measures aimed at boosting voter confidence ahead of the fourth multi-party elections set for 28 September.
The electorate will choose the President of the Republic, members of parliament and city councillors. The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has introduced an electronic system in which voter details will be loaded onto a database making it less prone to manipulation in the verification of voters' identification. The new system put in place by the ECZ uses 'biometrics', that is, fingerprints, palm prints or iris scans to provide an accurate identification and verification of a voter. The process of scanning and loading information on aspiring candidates onto the database is already being done by the ECZ. The ECZ is also producing Geographical Information System (GIS) maps for all constituencies. GIS is a system of creating, storing, analysing and managing spatial data and associated attributes.