EC planning to deploy army to operate EVMs

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 11,2018 | Updated: 00:00, Nov 11,2018

 
 

The Election Commission is planning to deploy army to operate electronic voting machines.
EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told a news conference at his office the EC would provide the training to select army personal to operate EVMs if the army agreed.
He said that the army would also provide security at the polling stations where EVMs would be installed.
He also said that the EC already invited the political parties to visit an EVM fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Center on November 12.
He said that the parties would be requested to send technically sound teams capable of examining the EVMs.
The EC decided to use EVMs in some of the polling stations to be selected at random in the cities.
In the dialogue the commission hosted in 2017, 35 of the 40 registered parties, including the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, opposed the use of EVMs in the 11th parliamentary elections.
Only ruling Awami League, its coalition partner, Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction led by Inu and the Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal (M-L) and outside the ruling alliance only Zaker Party supported EVM use.

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