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Writ challenges EVM use in 6 constituencies

  • Published at 01:59 pm December 3rd, 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 writ also sought to cancel the decision to use EVMs

A writ has been filed with the High Court challenging the legality of Election Commission's decision to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in six constituencies—during the 11th general election.

Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Eunus Ali Akond, also a Jatiya Party nominee for Dhaka 8 constituency, filed the writ on Monday. 

Additionally, the writ sought to cancel the decision to use EVMs.

The hearing on the writ petition is likely to be held at the High Court bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir, reports UNB.

The chief election commissioner, cabinet secretary, president's secretary, and secretary to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs have been made respondents to the writ.

The writ petitioner said the decision to use EVMs in six of 300 constituencies  is discriminatory.

The Election Commission has decided to use EVMs in: Dhaka 6 and 13, Chittagong 9, Rangpur 3, Khulna 2, and Satkhira 2.

When is the election?

The parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on December 30. 

The commission scrutinized nomination papers on Sunday and the deadline to withdraw one’s candidacy is December 9.