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Don’t use EVMs in city polls, reiterates BNP

BNP leaders have also demanded Chittagong 8 seat’s reelection through ballot peppers

Update : 21 Jan 2020, 07:14 PM

BNP has sent a letter to the Election Commission urging it to refrain from using electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the upcoming elections to Dhaka North and South City corporations.

A party delegation, led by its Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, went to the Commission with a letter of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday, reports UNB.

The BNP delegation also held a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and other commissioners.

In the letter, Fakhrul said the Commission still has the scope for proving its neutrality in the February 1 city polls. “Take steps for conducting the voting through the traditional ballot cancelling the EVM system taking the futility of the technology into consideration.”

He hoped the Election Commission, as a constitutional institution, will take steps for holding the Dhaka city polls in a fair and transparent manner, and demonstrate its neutrality and independence by accepting their demand for not using the EVMs.

The other BNP delegation members include its Standing Committee Member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal among others.

At the meeting, the BNP leaders also demanded reelection to Chittagong 8 seat through ballot peppers instead of EVMs.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Khasru said the by-polls of Chittagong 8 was even worse than December 30 general election as the ruling party “cadres” captured all the polling stations and rigged votes through EVMs.

He said the by-polls also exposed that vote rigging is possible through the EVMs.

Khasru said they urged the Commission to cancel the by-polls and take steps for fresh voting through ballot papers.

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