EVM use depends on parties’ opinion: CEC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:15, Sep 03,2018 | Updated: 23:18, Sep 03,2018

 
 

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda addresses a training programme at the Election Training Institute in the capital on Monday. – Ahammad Foyez

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Monday said that the use of electronic voting machines in the next general election would depend on opinion of the political parties, law reform and the Election Commission’s capacity.
Inaugurating a two-day training for commission officials on the use of EVM use at Election Training Institute in Dhaka, he, however said that the commission was now preparing to introduce the electronic voting system in the next polls.
He said that the concern about EVM among voters and political parties was natural as the commission was yet to inform them about its benefits.
Nurul Huda said that the voters and political parties would be able to know everything about EVM gradually.
If parliament passes the proposed amendment to the Representation of the People Order, the commission would use EVM in the 11th parliamentary elections partially, he said.
Commission officials said that the draft of the proposed amendment making provisions for the use of EVM in general election was sent to the law ministry on August 30 for vetting.
They said that the commission also started to draft rules for the use of EVM in general polls.
Amid criticism about the commission’s move to use EVM in the next polls likely to be held in December, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday supported experimental use of EVM in the next general election saying that there was no reason of hurry to introduce the system.
She said that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party was entirely opposed to the use of EVM as it would bury scope of stuffing of ballots as per their design.
On August 30, amid protests of election commissioner Mahbub Talukder, the commission finalised the draft of the proposed amendment to the electoral law to introduce electronic voting system in general election.
The EC had taken the move of changing law, after it sent its proposal for procuring 1.5 lakh EVMs at an estimated cost of Tk 3,821 crore to the Planning Commission.

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