An article by Dr. Charles Warner in the St. Kitts & Nevis Democrat isn’t exactly clear on the background, but it appears that some Bajan entity has been advising St. Kitts & Nevis to adopt the fingerprinting of voters at the polls to prevent election fraud.
We presume that the article is speaking about using electronic fingerprint signatures – which is or can be a whole different thing from real fingerprinting.
With electronic fingerprint signatures, each voter puts their (usually) right index finger on a reader which generates a unique electronic number that represents the fingerprint. Often, no photo of the voter’s fingerprint is kept, but if that person attempts to vote again in the same election the computer knows and an alarm is generated.
While there is no magic solution for voter fraud, Barbados must adopt something better system than we have if our democracy is to be protected. There are those in power who would do anything – anything at all – to maintain their power. Those people will be hard at work during the coming election and we must be vigilant and use all technical and procedural means to prevent election fraud of all types.
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