Is Biometric Voter Registration the Way Forward for Melanesia?

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Author/s (editor/s):

Nicole Haley, Kerry Zubrinich

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

In Brief

Recent experiences in Fiji and Solomon Islands provide examples of roll improvements supported by biometric technology, although the true costs and benefits associated with biometric voter registration (BVR) in Melanesia are yet to be established. Drawing on election observations undertaken by SSGM scholars in the context of the 2007 and 2012 PNG national elections and the 2014 Solomon Islands elections, this In Brief offers a somewhat sobering assessment of voter registration reforms in Melanesia.

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