Verification Failures: Assessing the Sample Quality of Fingerprints collected in an African Election Setting

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The use of biometric technology has become an integral part of elections in Africa, the primary aim being delivery of credible elections. Fingerprint verification of eligible voters is central to this development. Deployment of fingerprint verification technology at elections has not been without its challenges for African countries. Failed verification incidents have been recorded in countries like Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. A case is made on the need to identify the causes of these incidents before any reasonable solution can be proposed. This research investigates some of the possible causes by analysing the quality of sample fingerprints from a new dataset of an African population collected in election settings. NIST’s NFIQ 2.2 was used for the fingerprint quality assessment with initial analyses reported in this work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIOSIG 2022
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference of the Biometrics Special Interest Group
EditorsArslan Brömme, Naser Damer, Marta Gomez-Barrero, Kiran Raja, Christian Rathgeb, Ana F. Sequeira, Massimiliano Todisco, Andreas Uhl
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665476669
ISBN (Print)9781665476676
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Informatics
ISSN (Electronic)1617-5468


  • Biometrics
  • Fingerprint Verification Failures
  • African Elections
  • Fingerprint Quality


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