EC decides to introduce EVM in upcoming elections



Ismail Hossain Rasel, ‍Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Electronic Voting Machine, Photo: barta24

Electronic Voting Machine, Photo: barta24

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Dhaka, (Barta24.com): The Election Commission(EC) has decided to use Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)according to its capacity in upcoming all polls.

The EC took the decision in its 47th meeting held on Monday (April 8). Accordingly in next year in the important elections of Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka South City Corporation and Chittagong City Corporation polling EVM will be used, learnt from the meeting sources.

EC officials informed that the Commission is very much interested to use EVM from much earlier. However the use of EVM will depend how many machines have been manufactured and how many polling officials have been trained up. The National Identification Registration section has been instructed to manufacture necessary number of EVMs.

EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told Barta24.com that in today’s meeting the use of EVM was discussed. According to the decision of EC in the upcoming all elections EVM will be used. Polling will be conducted through EVM in upcoming City Corporation and Pourashava polls.

Additional Secretary of EC Mokhlesur Rahman told Barta24.com that in the use of EVM, Commission is always positive. It is now under active consideration of EC. However it will depend on our capacity.

On the other hand EC before announcing the election schedule of fifth upazilla polls said that EVM will be used in all Sadar upazilla polls. Next the EC announced that from the third phase EVM will be used in the rest Sadar upazilla polls. But the idea had to be abandoned because of lacking preparations. It was used in fourth phase at Bagerhat Sadar, Feni Sadar, Munshiganj Sadar, Mymenshing Sadar and Patuakhali Sadar.

In our country Shamsul Huda Commission first introduced EVM by using it in Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2010. Next the Machine costing Taka 20 thousand manufactured by BUET was used in one center of Rajshahi City Corporation election in 2013.

But during polling the machine developed faults and could not be repaired. Afterwards the polling was done through using ballot papers. Afterwards EVM was not used.

Of late Kazi Rakibuddin Commission took initiatives to manufacture improved quality machines. Present KM Nurul Huda Commission has been now manufacturing new machines each costing Taka 2,10000.00 from Bangladesh Machine Tools factory.