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Obaidul on EVMs: It is the EC’s decision

  • Published at 11:45 pm August 29th, 2018
wami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader addresses a National Mourning Day program, organized by the Dhaka North and South units of Awami League at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh Auditorium on Wednesday; August 29, 2018
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader addresses a National Mourning Day program, organized by the Dhaka North and South units of Awami League at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh Auditorium on Wednesday; August 29, 2018 UNB

Obaidul made the comment while speaking as the chief guest at a National Mourning Day program, organized by the Dhaka North and South units of Awami League at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh Auditorium

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the Election Commission (EC) would decide on the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the upcoming national election.

The EC’s decision will be based on whether it is possible to buy the EVMs before the next polls, expected to be held in December, he said as reported by UNB.

Obaidul made the comment while speaking as the chief guest at a National Mourning Day program, organized by the Dhaka North and South units of Awami League at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh Auditorium. Awami League Dhaka South unit President Hazi Abul Hasnat presided over the event.

“The EC has already declared that 150,000 EVMs will be used in the election, and one third of voting will be through the system,” The Awami League general secretary said.

A number of developed countries, as well as neighbouring India, already use EVMs, he added.

Obaidul also asked why opposing parties feared the EVM, when it was first used in the Sylhet City Corporation election - where the ruling party fell behind.

Furthermore, in reference to the imprisonment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, the Awami League leader said it was BNP’s democratic right to choose whether to participate in the national election or not, but the government has no scope to release someone jailed by the court.

The Awami League will support the EC in conducting a peaceful, free, and neutral election in accordance with the constitution, he added.

Meanwhile, the Awami League general secretary also slammed BNP’s claim that the ruling party was using the August 21 grenade attack case as a “political weapon.”

“Only BNP can come up with such a cruel joke,” he said.

Obaidul also welcomed the coalition between Gono Forum and JuktoFront, saying the Awami League would face any movement politically.

“But if there is violence in the name of any showdown or movement, the people of the country will resist it,” he added.