Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said his commission is yet to confirm whether electronic voting machines (EVM) will be used in the Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC).
The CEC’s remarks come as a surprise for many as election officials on multiple occasions earlier confirmed that the Begum Rokeya Government College polling station at ward 25 of Rangpur city will see the use of newly designed electronic voting machines.
Talking to the reporters at a press conference at city's Election Commission Bhaban, the CEC said: "We cannot be sure about the use of EVM in Rangpur city polls until tomorrow as it is a technical matter."
"And without being completely sure about the technical aspects, we cannot take a risk on it. Hopefully a free and fair poll will take place in Rangpur, as we have concluded all the necessary preparations. The situation is totally under our control," he added.
Unlike the old EVM, the new machine has a number of fresh features, including voter verification process, display of names of symbols of all the candidates, printed vote-casting confirmation slip and installation of data of the particular polling station.
Meanwhile, Election commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam said two 24-hour monitoring cells- one at Rangpur and another at EC of secretariat, will be in operation during Rangpur mayoral polls.
More than 5,500 members of law enforcers will be deployed and CCTV camera will be set up at three polling centers, he said.
A total of 3, 93,994 voters are expected to cast their votes in 193 polling stations in the Rangpur city polls.