Opposition-6 reinstates issue of biometric passports
28 July, 2011
Opposition-6 reinstates issue of biometric passports

 

New Alliance is convinced: they will make Authorities change their mind

Formation of election lists using biometric data remains on the agenda of Opposition-6. They say no more than 8 million dollars are required to make it possible. This contradicts the earlier assertion of the Authorities that the project would need over 100 million dollars to be implemented. However, it is uncertain whether the opposition can manage to revive the issue.

Ever since the Authorities and part of the opposition signed the agreement on

elections, the Authorities have repeatedly made statements that there was nothing to discuss with nonsignatory parties. On its part, the Opposition-6 is also categorical in its determination to impel the Administration abandon its adamant stand.

As our reader may remember, election lists and election system were two issues advocated by the now defunct Opposition-8 (the unity of eight political parties created only for the sake of furthering the agenda of election environment improvement) as the main topics of negotiation with the Authorities. The issue of biometric passports was also the brainchild of Opposition-8 lobbied for the sake of normalizing electoral lists. However, the Authorities rejected the proposal citing two reasons: absence of required money and fear of technical problems.

Today the biometric agenda was reborn, thanks to Opposition-6. It turns out that this new political unity had recently invited representatives of a certain European company which had a reputable experience in developing of electoral lists based on biometric data. These experts concluded that it was enough for electoral purposes only to hold biometric registration, develop the database, identify electoral lists and identify voters on the Election Day via available biometric data, i.e. through fingerprints and face photos.

In the recent agreement on elections, the issue of re-checking electoral lists is included. However, it is not known how much money the Government is earmarking for it. The text of the agreement reads that it must be done by a commission that would be independent of any other body, even the central election commission. Such commission must be funded directly from the state budget. In addition, all these terms must be legalized by the corresponding law which in turn is a job of a respective group of lawmakers.

 

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