Biometric Voter Registration: Lessons from Ugandan polls

On February 18, I went to Uganda to observe the presidential and parliamentary elections there. This was the first election to be held using the biometric voter registration (BVR) system in Uganda. The first lesson I learnt was that BVR and the use of ICTs is not a silver bullet to all electoral challenges. While the BVR machines worked well, they were a number of shortcomings, in particular the electoral environment… read more