The United Nations, through its Development Programme (UNDP), has selected Smartmatic to provide new technologies for the improvement of the electoral register of the Republic of Zambia. Smartmatic, a provider of technological solutions for governments, was selected after the UN conducted a rigorous testing of numerous identity and registry technologies.
For the first stage of the project, Smartmatic will supply the Republic of Zambia with 1,000 mobile electronic biometric registry units. This includes all hardware and software components, with their respective protective cases, training services, technical assistance and a one-year warranty.
"We are very excited to be selected by the UNDP for this important project and to have the opportunity to provide the Republic of Zambia with our advanced technology to enhance their electoral register," said Antonio Mugica, Smartmatic's CEO. The units that will be used in Zambia are all equipped with registration application and with electrical backup components that ensure its autonomy for eight straight hours. The UNDP expects recruiting of operators to start on the second week of April and the electoral registration operations to begin in May 2010.
The voter registration project in Zambia is part of the UNDP's ongoing commitment to improve the performance of democratic governments. The UNDP invests 34 percent of its resources each year in projects in support of democratic governments and provides on-the-ground services in 166 countries.