Electronic voting machine-EVM is coming up for discussion again ahead of the 12th parliamentary elections; However, the Election Commission does not have the capacity to vote in all the seats in the next national election. The Election Commission headed by Kazi Habibul Awal is engaged in dialogue to gain the trust of all after taking charge. EVMs have already been discussed in discussions with professionals. Dialogue with political parties is still pending.
Retired Election Commissioner Brigadier General. Ahsan Habib Khan says that at present EC has the capacity to use EVM in about 100 seats. The use of EVMs in more seats will be decided at the commission meeting. News bdnews24.com.
Twelfth parliamentary elections will be held at the end of next year. As a result, the constitutional body will have to complete the overall work including training, creation of skilled manpower, allocation of necessary funds within the next year and a half.
The new election commission is keen to move forward with EVMs as in the previous series, even though there is no difference of opinion among the political parties on machine voting.
Ahsan Habib Khan says that the voting process in EVM is ‘transparent and error free’, there is ‘no chance’ of adopting any kind of dishonest process. They will try to explain it to the parties as well. We are trying to gain the confidence of the political parties. We will sit with the National Technical Committee in this regard. At the same time IT skilled engineers from different political parties will be invited to inspect EVMs.
There were 40,163 polling stations in the country in the Eleventh Parliamentary Election; There were 2 lakh 8 thousand 312 polling booths. An EVM is required for each polling station. Additional EVMs are stored to avoid the risk of mechanical faults. At present EC has 1 lakh 52 thousand 535 EVMs. EVM voting took place in six constituencies in the Eleventh Parliamentary Election on 30 December 2016. After that, EVM voting was done in Upazila and Municipality elections, by-elections of some parliamentary seats and City Corporation elections. In the Narayanganj city election on January 18, voting was done in full EVM. EVM voting was held on January 31 in 219 UPs of the country.
EC Secretariat officials said that for the 11 crore 32 lakh voters, 42 to 45 thousand polling stations would have to be set up in the 12th parliamentary elections. There will be more than two and a half lakh polling booths. And the EC has about one and a half lakh EVMs.
After the introduction of EVM in 2010, it was being used in local elections. ATM Shamsul Huda Commission used that EVM in a large scale in the city corporation, but could not take it in the parliamentary elections.
In 2012, the EC headed by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed left the previous EVM in a state of disrepair. Then the use of EVM also stumbled in city elections. Then KM Nurul Huda’s commission started with new EVM. The law was amended to use EVMs in six parliamentary seats. In this connection, Kazi Habibul Awal Commission is also trying to increase the use of EVM.
After a four-stage meeting with dignitaries, the CEC said most had voted in favor of EVMs. Muscle power cannot be used in this device, there is no chance of cheating. There are many more good aspects. Some have spoken out against it. I am studying everything. How many meetings have we had? We want to be open. If there is an error, you are asked to remove it and use it. Of course we will see.
The ruling Awami League and the main opposition BNP are still on two poles with EVMs.
At a meeting of the Awami League’s central executive parliament on Saturday, party president Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said transparent ballot boxes, voter lists with pictures and now EVMs – meaning people would vote peacefully. You will get the result of the vote immediately. That is what we want so that people can vote.
On the other hand, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said in a press conference on Sunday that EVM is the next issue. If the Awami League government does not resign and power is not handed over to a completely neutral government, there will be no question of elections.
No elections have yet taken place under the new EC, so in a sense they have not been tested.
Comilla City Corporation elections are ahead on June 15, where voting will be by EVM. Kazi Habibul Awal’s commission will have to face many tests in this election.
Source: দৈনিক আজাদী by dainikazadi.net.
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