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EC: EVMs to be used in last 3 phases of upazila polls

  • Published at 08:00 pm February 18th, 2019
Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were used in the Khulna city polls last month
File photo of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, the Election Commission had a plan to use EVMs in all Sadar upazilas across the country

Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in the last three phases of the countrywide upazila elections.

"The upcoming upazila elections will be held in five phases and the EVMs will be used in upazila headquarters from the third phase," he said.

The Election Commission Secretary disclosed the decision at a press briefing after holding a meeting with law enforcement agencies at Election Commission headquarters in Agargaon on Monday.

He said the Commission has taken all-out preparations to use the EVMs instead of traditional ballot papers in the Sadar upazilas which will go to polls in the third, fourth and fifth phases of the elections.

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Earlier, the Election Commission had a plan to use EVMs in all Sadar upazilas across the country.  Due to delay in formulating the regulations which killed time, the Commission has reviewed its plan and decided to use the machines in the last three phases.

More than 480 upazilas, out of a total 492 across the country, will go to polls in five phases this time and the Election Commission has announced schedules for the first three.

According to the schedules, 87 upazilas will go to polls on March 10 in the first phase, 129 upazilas on March 18 in the second phase, and 127 upazilas on March 24 in the third phase.

Replying to a query, the Election Commission Secretary said EVMs will not be used in the by-elections for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).  

Meanwhile, elections to the DNCC mayoral post and councillor posts in 18 new DNCC  wards, and 18 new DSCC wards, will be held on February 28.

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