DFID, UNDP sign agreement to bring major election reforms
The Department for International Development (DFID) and UNDP have signed a cost sharing agreement of US$ 0.59 million for ’Institutional Strengthening and Professional Development Support for the establishment of the Central Data Centre’, to be administered by UNDP Electoral Support Project. This assistance is further going to support the Election Commission of Nepal’s (ECN) ongoing voter registration programme.
The additional fund will be utilized for refurbishment of the Central Data Centre which will be now equipped with servers, UPS, storage systems, power backup devices, physical security services, central database management system software and automated fingerprint identification system.
During the first phase (15 Sept - 31 Dec 2010) of registration, the ECN registered 1,287,222 people in 58 municipalities. The voter registration is currently ongoing in the district election offices.
The second phase of voter registration started from 27 January 2011 at the Village Development Committee (VDC) level in 43 districts. Altogether 90,661 voters registered during the first week.
In 2011, the ECN will complete a new digital voter list with biometric data including a photograph and fingerprint. The voter list will be compiled through a combination of door-to-door enumeration covering every household in Nepal and establishment of ‘Registration Centres’ in all the localities to capture photograph, fingerprint, and digital data of all eligible citizens.
The Central Data Centre will perform several primary tasks— store all data, perform biometric matching, make the voter database available to other
systems and processes, facilitate loading and updating of voter list and maintaining a backup. It will also allow aggregation, cross referencing , qualitative assessment, cleaning and rationalisation of the voter registration data.
With continued fine tuning and adjustment of operational processes, linkages will be developed with other systems such as the Government Integrated Data Centre (GIDC) which will be useful in making national ID cards for the citizens in the future.