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EC: EVMs will be used in 6 constituencies

  • Published at 06:23 pm November 24th, 2018
The Election Commission is planning to use EVMs at the polling centres in one-third of the country’s 300 constituencies, a move which drew huge criticism from oppositions and independent observers Syed Zakir Hossain
File photo of an electronic voting machine Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The constituencies will be chosen via lottery

The Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed has said electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in only six of the 300 constituencies during the 11th general election slated for December 30. 

He made the statement at a press briefing at the commission’s Agargaon office in Dhaka on Saturday.

The constituencies will be chosen via random selection, and EVMs will be installed in all the centres of each of them. 

The results of the lottery will be announced on November 28, the secretary said.

He said EVMs will be used in city corporation areas. 

The commission will train army personnel about the use of EVMs so that they can provide assistance at the EVM booths in these constituencies, he said.

Row over EVM use

Political parties are divided over the use of EVM. The ruling Awami League and its partners in the 14-party grand alliance and opposition in parliament Jatiya Party are supporting it.

But the Jatiya Oikya Front, a coalition of BNP and some other parties, are against the use of EVM.

On why the commission is using EVMs despite opposition from most of the political parties, the secretary said Bangladesh has been made huge advancement in digital era and they have decided to use EVMs after considering all issues.

President Abdul Hamid on October 30 promulgated the “Representation of the People Order (amendment) Ordinance, 2018”, paving the way for the use of EVMs in the upcoming general election.

Previously on September 18, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council on September 18 approved Tk 3,825.34 crore to procure 1.5 lakh EVMs.

The commission used EVMs in recent mayoral elections in Gazipur, Khulna and Barisal cities on a test basis at a few polling stations.