Laporan dari Kanada menyatakan untuk menggunakan kaedah biometrik dalam mengesahkan identiti pengundi semasa pilihanraya akan memerlukan kos yang amat tinggi. PERLU ADA TALIAN INTERNET YANG STABIL DI TIAP TEMPAT MENGUNDI, PERLU ADA BACK UP GENERATOR, SCANNER, MACAM-MACAM PERALATAN DAN SEBAGAINYA.
Siapalah yang akan untung BESAR bila semua sistem Biometrik ini dilaksanakan seluruh Malaysia termasuk Sabah dan Sarawak? Macamana nak pastikan ada talian internet yang stabil di pedalaman Sarawak yang peti undi pun perlu diangkut guna helikopter?
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COST MAJOR PROBLEM WITH BIOMETRIC ID AT POLLS
OTTAWA — Biometric technology could be used to identify voters at the ballot box without requiring Muslim women to remove facial veils, but setting up a nation-wide system would be expensive and risks disenfranchising many electors.
The problem with biometric authentication is the time-consuming and expensive process of “enrolling” potential voters in the system. Participants first have to be “scanned” to create baseline data to which their fingerprints or irises will be compared at the polling station.
“Something that people often underestimate is the cost of doing that enrolment,” said Steven Kent, a Massachusetts-based expert on identity authentication.
“Whenever we talk about making changes, we have to realize there is a tremendous start-up cost.”
Once captured, a voter’s biometric data could then be stored on a so-called smart card or in a central database. Voters would present the smart card at a polling station and a machine would scan their irises or fingerprints to electronically match against the information stored on the card. Alternately, the voter’s biometric data could be compared against the reference data in a database, BUT THAT WOULD REQUIRE A STABLE ELECTRONIC CONNECTION BETWEEN THE POLLING STATION AND THE DATABASE. Privacy concerns are certain to arise.
The cost of rolling out the hardware and software to make a voter authentication system work would be substantial. Depending on how elections officials chose to implement the system, each of the 308 federal ridings could have a designated polling station equipped with biometric scanners, or every one of the polling stations within a riding — a substantially greater investment in machinery.
THESE POLLS WOULD LIKE BE REQUIRED TO HAVE BACK-UP SCANNERS AS WELL POWER SYSTEMS LIKE GENERATORS OR BATTERIES, ALL AT ADDED EXPENSE, AS WELL AS SECURE ELECTRONIC CONNECTIONS TO A CENTRAL DATABASE.