Tag Archives: Africa

Kenya – Jubilee Urged to Abandon Smart Card in Nominations

By | March 29, 2017

Aspirants from Embu County have called on the Jubilee Party to discard the use of the recently launched party smart card and instead allow members to use the national ID cards during the nominations. According to Manyatta Parliamentary seat aspirant, Justus Mugo Kinyua, this will give supporters an opportunity to participate in the process adding that the card… Read More »

South Africa’s Smart ID card “one of the most advanced in the world”

By | March 28, 2017

South Africa’s new Smart ID card is one of the most advanced IDs in the world, said the solutions director of LAWtrust, Maeson Maherry. Maherry, who was speaking at a cybersecurity symposium in Johannesburg, is overseeing the seven-year eID project with the Department of Home Affairs. It is one of LAWtrust’s largest programmes. “Many countries around the world… Read More »

Nigeria – Controversy Trails Immigration e-Passport Contracts

By | March 26, 2017

There’s a raging controversy over the e-passport contracts signed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) with non-security firms which is ripping Nigeria billions of naira. The deal is generating heat over stakeholders concern that Nigeria’s national security is being jeopardised because the contractors are mostly non-security companies, while others have questionable tendencies. The Senate last week invited the… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Summons AGF, Minister, Others Over e-Passport Deals

By | March 25, 2017

The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Alleged Misuse, Under Remittance, and other Fraudulent Activities in Collection, Remittance and Expenditure of Internally Generated Revenue by MDAs invited the duo for briefing over their involvement in alleged e-passport deals. The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Solomon Adeola, made this known in a statement through his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro.… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Queries Dambazau, Malami, Others Over Alleged Abuse of IGR

By | March 25, 2017

Interior Minister, AbdulRahaman Dambazau, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami have been invited by the Senate to explain their alleged roles in the alleged misuse of revenues generated from E-Passport production and other immigration related activities. The Senate had set up a committee to investigate the alleged Misuse, Under Remittance, and Other Fraudulent… Read More »

Nigeria – Maritime Security: Minister Says Biometric ID Now Compulsory for Port Users

By | March 24, 2017

Determined to enhance the level of security in the nation’s seaports, especially in line with international best practices, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any port facility in Nigeria.   A statement signed by Isichei Osamgbi, head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, said “it is now compulsory… Read More »

Ghana Ready To Issue Chip Embedded Passports – Ayorkor Botchwey

By | March 24, 2017

Ghana will from this year begin issuing chip embedded biometric passports to its citizenry. This new initiative will see the West African country migrate from its current generation of passports from 2D barcode. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration say the initiative will help reduce drastically the possibility of identity thefts and resultant misrepresentations… Read More »

ID4Africa Releases Results of its 2017 Government ID Survey

By | March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 –  ID4Africa, the organization that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa, has released a detailed annual survey of African governments focused on understanding the continent’s identification requirements. The survey found that Africa’s priorities are focused on pragmatically putting in place and operationalizing robust, high coverage… Read More »

Gambia – Issuance of ID Cards, Passports Suspended

By | March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 From now on, the Gambia Immigration Department will not be issuing any ID card or passport until further notice as the government embarks on “a comprehensive review” of the process of issuance of such documents. “The Ministry of the Interior hereby informs the general public that it has decided to temporarily suspend the printing… Read More »

Ghana – Make Passport Processing Less Cumbersome for Applicants – NPP MP

By | March 21, 2017

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Afigya Sekyere East has called on government to make the passport acquisition process less cumbersome for applicants. Mavis Nkansah Boadu who spoke on the floor of Parliament during discussions on the 2017 budget Monday said the current process makes it difficult for Ghanaians both home and abroad to acquire passport… Read More »

Nigeria’s e-Passport Database In Malaysian Firm’s Custody

By | March 21, 2017

By Chima Akwaja, By Christy Nwaogu — Mar 21, 2017 3:46 am | Leave a comment The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is not in charge of the country’s e-passport central database where all travel documents of its citizens are stored. Investigations by LEADERSHIP has revealed that over ten years after the federal government, through the NIS, entered into… Read More »

Kenya – Jubilee Under Pressure to Abandon Smart Card in Primaries

By | March 20, 2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is staring at a crisis over what some now describe as an over-ambitious plan to conduct its nominations using a digital smart card. Mr Raphael Tuju, the head of the Jubilee Party secretariat, on Monday said the National Elections Board will make a decision on the use of the cards, a double-edged decision… Read More »

Kenya: Electoral Commission Rushes to Conclude Tender Evaluation

By | March 15, 2017

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is rushing to conclude the evaluation of a Sh3 billion tender for a system to manage this year’s General Election. On Wednesday, it said it would comply with orders of the Public Procurement Administrate Review Board to conclude evaluation and award the deal to Gemalto SA, a French firm. “The Commission… Read More »

Kenya – EAC’s e-Passport Roll-Out Pushed to September

By | March 14, 2017

Kenya will roll out the East Africa Community e-Passport in September, Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday. Through a tweet, the ministry said the issuance of the travel documents will begin from September 1. The public had been notified that the same was to commence on April 3 after being pushed from November 2015. According to the ministry, this… Read More »

Zimbabwe to Launch e-Passport

By | March 11, 2017

Plans to launch an electronic passport in the country are at an advanced stage, a development that is anticipated to usher in robust standards of travel documents and international security. Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said the country is now ready to launch the e-passport. The passport production centre situated at KG6 in Harare is capable of… Read More »

Kenya to Start Issuing ePassports From April

By | March 9, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – The immigration department has announced it will roll out e-passports from April 2017. The department says the new generation passports will contain a chip that has the details and biometrics of the passport holder. “With enhanced security features, the e-passports will be tamper proof and eliminate data skimming,” the department tweeted. The e-passports… Read More »

Identifying Some 27 Million Ghanaians Biometrically

By | March 6, 2017

From Lawra to Aflao, Half Assini to Bawku, all over Ghana people will queue for an identity. Every person, regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status will document his or her personal details including name, date of birth, and contact information into a single database. You will scan your fingertips and take a picture. This picture will be synced… Read More »

Kenya – IEBC to start register clean-up amid integrity queries

By | March 5, 2017

The integrity of the voter register has continued to face questions ahead of the August election even as the electoral commission seeks to start cleaning it up. However, it is a task that has a long history of controversy and this time may not be different. In January, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) admitted that 78,000… Read More »

Liberia – House Reviews Launch Of National ID Card System

By | February 22, 2017

The House of Representatives is reviewing the option to allot funds for the production and release of national identification (ID) cards for all Liberians. The House’s Committees on State Enterprise, Judiciary and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning have been tasked with seeking expert opinion and to advice Plenary in two weeks (Tuesday, March 7). The Joint Committee… Read More »