Zetes Awarded $30 Million Biometric Contract for 2011 African Presidential Elections

Zetes, a provider of automatic identification solutions and services for goods and people, announced it has won a contract for the delivery of 9,500 mobile biometric kits for Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in support of the 2011 presidential elections.

The contract, made directly with the Congolese authorities and the Independent Electoral Commission (La Commission Electorale Indépendante or CEI), has a value of more than US$30 million and is insured by the Belgian export credit agency Ducroire-Delcredere.

The kits, which will be delivered in the second half of 2010, will be used to update the 2005 electoral lists established for the 2006 presidential elections.

Zetes develops and supplies the software that allows biographic and biometric data to be recorded and provides the Automated Fingerprint Identification System software necessary to identify and eliminate any duplicate entries. It also provides the equipment's technical maintenance throughout the enrolment period.

Alain Wirtz, CEO of Zetes, said, “We are extremely proud to have been retained following a very rigorous selection process abiding by World Bank criteria. Zetes will mobilize to assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the voter enrolment process in order for it to organize its elections in 2011.”

Additionally, the Group confirms it is definitely on track to achieve its 2010 objectives to improve on its 2009 results and aim to return to its 2008 level.

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