St. Kitts and Nevis Considers Barbados Advice To Use Fingerprinting To Prevent Voter Fraud

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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8 responses to “St. Kitts and Nevis Considers Barbados Advice To Use Fingerprinting To Prevent Voter Fraud

  1. Wishing in Vain

    I listened with astonishment on Saturday when a former member of the BLP know to many, sat around and set about delivering a broadside attack on Owings character and his reputation, vowing to never vote for he nor the party again, this was after his admission that in one election when working as an agent for the blp he voted three times in the same election, once for man from St.James that he had some similarity in looks to but this person was not a voter and he voted on this man’s behalf, provided an ID by an agent of gov’t, the second voting he did was as a cousin from St.Peter who had left the island sometime before but here again he was provided with an ID card and proceeded to vote in favour of the blp.

    This is a sad explanation of just what levels Owing and company will stoop to maintain power and control over your thinking, I beg the DLP to be aware, alert and ready to confront these actions with a swift compelling response.

  2. Yardbroom

    Whilst this on the surface seems a good idea, I hope it will not be introduced in Barbados, before there is a proper debate, when points of issue are fully expressed, and the pros and cons are minutely examined.

    Before any such system is introduced, back up systems should be in place, to ensure voters are not disenfranchised.

    We do not want a situation to arise, where the system has broken down – electronics sometimes do – and we are told, that the required technicians are not available, in enough quantities to rectify the problem, immediately and expeditiously. I use a caveat here, “appropriate” technicians.

    We have a tedency, not to be far seeking in our governance, we must plan for problems before they arise, we are then more able to rectify them expeditiously.

  3. This fingerprinting is weird since Trinidad and SVG use ink-dipped fingers to show voting happened already – you mean Barbados and St Kitts have to watch for that now?

  4. Hants

    Fingerprints are left on the voting slip you are given to mark so it will now be possible to find out who you voted for.

    Will difficult and improbable, the same fingerprint recorded to prevent election fraud can be used to match prints taken from a ballot.

    Iris scans would be better.

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    BFP Comments

    Not a bad idea, Hants.

  5. Adrian Hinds

    Hants
    December 4, 2007 at 8:33 pm
    Fingerprints are left on the voting slip you are given to mark so it will now be possible to find out who you voted for.

    Will difficult and improbable, the same fingerprint recorded to prevent election fraud can be used to match prints taken from a ballot.

    Iris scans would be better.
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    Lets be practical here, if not i will call for God to monitor the elections. 😀

    Iris scans? who gine pay for all this expensive technology that wunnuh suggesting? Do you all know that our Government is sensitive of the cost to the state for everything except that which is earmark for their pocket? 😀

  6. iisnoone

    Why not take the easy route and use the “ink-dipped” finger mentioned above?

    Election fraud is unavoidable. Keeping fraud to a level that it does not alter the outcome is achievable.

    Who is responsible for administering the elections? I hope it is not one of the defendants in the Canadian suit.

  7. Lindsay

    The St. Kitts Nevis Govt has announced that it will NOT be implementing a new voter system with fingerprinting.

  8. Wishing in Vain

    Let us wait an see how many more incidents like what I mention above are allowed to happen.