With the new biometric NIC, voters will now be reassured that noone else can vote in their place, according to the minister of ICT, Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum. When asked about the possibility of the use of the NIC for the imminent general elections, he commented that the Attorney General is currently reviewing the question.
During the 36th international conference on the protection of biometric data organised by the Data Protection Office held at the Intercontinental hotel at Balaclava, the minister of ICT, Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, explained how the use of the biometric National identity Card (NIC) is more advantageous than that of the old one. As a matter of fact, voters might need the new NIC for the upcoming general elections. The Attorney General is currently studying the issue.
Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum stated that the new NIC has made it impossible for another person to vote in the name of another – no other person can vote in your place thanks to the biometric NIC.
If the use of the NIC for voting procedures were to be made compulsory, what would happen to those who refuse to get their fingerprints onto the card and have thus not registered for the NIC? Also, it is to be noted that the court case has not yet yielded a final verdict.
However, the minister of ICT also reminded the audience that 95 % of the Mauritian population have already registered for the biometric NIC.