When we start using the EVMs, there will be no chances to rig the votes
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda said on Friday that electronic voting machines can prevent ballot-stuffing on the night before elections.
At a training workshop for election officials in Dhaka, the CEC said: “When we start using the EVMs, there will be no chances to rig the votes on the night before the polls.”
In remote areas, ballot boxes and papers have to be sent in a day before any election, Huda said. EVMs can prevent any scope of ballot-stuffing in such places, he added.
“We formulate electoral code of conducts and laws. But the situation spirals out of control despite our actions. The polling atmosphere is gradually deteriorating and it needs to be restored,” he said.
Referring to the demand by several political parties to deploy the army during the elections, the CEC said: “Which country in the world deploys the army for election duty? Political parties, who will run the country, will join the election while people, who are the owner of the country, will cast their votes.
“We (the Election Commission) will discharge our duties smoothly to hold a free and fair election.”
Instructing the election officials to conduct the election in fair manner, the CEC said: “Partisan ideologies, nepotism, and political beliefs and identities will not be considered under any circumstances. The polls will be transparent and there will be no secret in the (electoral) process except a secret room to cast ballots. All information relating to electoral process is open to all.”
The CEC asked the election officials to be careful in carrying out their duties.
“The election may not be acceptable to the defeated parties. On the other hand, polls will be accepted universally by the winners. In these situations, the election officials have to be extra careful,” said Huda.
Elections to as many as 492 upazila parishads in Bangladesh will be conducted in five phases with the first phase scheduled for March 10, second phase for March 18, third for March 24, fourth for March 31 and the last phase of the election for June 18.