AL to support e-voting: Nasim

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:18, Feb 18,2017

 
 

The ruling Awami League said on Friday that it would support the introduction of electronic voting system in the general elections.
‘We would support electronic voting system in the election if the Election Commission makes a decision to introduce the system in place ballot papers,’ AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim said addressing a programme honouring voluntary blood donors of Quantum Foundation at
the National Press Club in Dhaka.
Nasim, also the health minister, criticised those who raised question about possibility of election manipulations in electronic voting.
There will be no scope of rigging polls as all voters have National Identity Cards and are getting smart cards, Nasim said.
He said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina would form an election-time government and the next general elections would be held under that government.
Nasim made the comments three days after Hasina on Wednesday, responding to a question from a lawmaker in the parliament, said that a plan to introduce ‘E-voting’ in the next national election could be considered to further ensure people’s voting rights in line with the existing electoral codes.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday said that the prime minister’s recent remark in parliament about introduction of electronic voting system in the next parliament
election was ‘ill-motivated’.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a briefing at the party’s central office said that the government could control server in e-voting system and as a result it would be very easy for them to manipulate elections. 

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