EOJ working towards greater use of technology

Even the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is working towards better utilization of technologies in its own activities, especially at conducting general elections.

“What it really does is that it uses biometrics. To put it differently, your mic is used to spot you, which enables the [voting] procedure to move just a bit quicker,” he explained.

“We’ve begun the procedure; it’s now using all the [Public] Procurement Committee, therefore, hopefully, throughout the next election cycle we’ll have the ability to roll those gadgets out across the whole island,” Mr. Brown said.

The Digital Voter Identification System, once the Electronic Voter Identification and Ballot Issuing Method, is computer-based and needs voters to put a particular finger on a speaker.

Mr. Brown reported the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) was having talks about technologies which would allow Republicans to vote against any polling station in any parish throughout the island.

“The talks are happening. It is going to demand a great deal of discussion. Surely, it’s likely to demand the change of this Act that governs elections. In the Commission along with the EOJ we’re taking a look at options. We’re currently searching, as far as you can, to utilize a great deal more tech into what we are doing. We’ve got a considerable database which has a lot of biometric information and when we’re in a position to utilize that biometric information in whichever action we perform, then that will be useful. Our eyesight is geared toward better use of technologies in our actions,” Mr. Brown said.

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