Armenia: Biometrics improve the speed and accuracy of voter authentication

On April 2, 2017, Armenia held its parliamentary elections. The country’s poll body, Central Armenian Election Commission (CEC), tapped Smartmatic to provide voter authentication equipment and services.  

After thoroughly studying the requirements of the project, Smartmatic decided to use its VIU-815, a rugged and portable Voter Authentication Device (VAD). These devices enabled poll officers across the country to accurately verify the identity of the voters, and determine if they had already voted.

In addition, the VIU-815 allowed poll workers to inform voters where their corresponding voting center was, facilitating the administration of the overall process.

The solution Smartmatic provided was lauded by the International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) as a “useful tool for building confidence in the integrity of Election Day proceedings”.