Electoral Services International Inc. (ESI) has successfully completed its third biometric voter registration (BVR) project in The Gambia together with our partner the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
ESI’s experienced people, homegrown BVR software, and quality off-the-shelf hardware performed admirably during unprecedented times. In what can only be described as ESI’s most challenging BVR exercise to date, ESI still managed to successfully deliver an accurate, reliable voters list. The unprecedented challenge this time around was undoubtedly the worldwide pandemic commonly known as the covid-19 novel coronavirus.
Faced with worldwide shortages of plastics, computer chips and more, ESI was forced to navigate the ever-changing global marketplace to meet and exceed the specifications and expectations of the IEC to ensure the exercise always remained on track. Each BVR project milestone before, during and after actual registration was met with accomplishment.
While masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing was all new during voter registration this time around, COVID-19 did not stop one million Gambians from registering to vote for the December 4, 2021 Presidential Elections. It is interesting to note that more females registered to vote than did males. It is also interesting to note that the 18-25 age bracket had more registrations than any other age group (followed closely by the 26-35 age category). Young Gambians are absolutely preparing to vote and have a voice in the upcoming elections.
ESI would like to thank our loyal partners, The Gambian IEC, especially the Chairman, Vice Chairman, CEO, and, of course, the Database Supervisor and his IT team. You welcomed ESI’s project staff into your offices yet again and your hospitality is appreciated.