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CEC: EVMs to be used in Dhaka city polls

  • Published at 06:46 pm December 28th, 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

The elections for the two Dhaka city corporations will be competitive, the CEC hopes

Expressing hope that the upcoming elections to the two Dhaka city corporations will be fair and held peacefully, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said EVMs (electronic voting machines) will be used in polls.

The CEC came up with the announcement while talking to reporters after exchanging views with the Election Commission officials of district and upazila levels at Barisal's regional election office on Saturday.

He also hoped that the elections for the two Dhaka city corporations will be competitive, reports UNB.

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at a meeting with the election commission officials of the Barisal region on Saturday, December 28, 2019 | UNB

Quoting Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujon) General Secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar's comment on EVM technology, when reporters asked him whether its use is logical the CEC said: "He is not the proper person to comment on EVM technology. If the election officials lodge any complaint about it, then we will look into it."

When his attention was drawn to low voter turnout at the polling centers, Nurul Huda said few voters come when the election is not competitive.

"It is the Election Commission's responsibility to organize peaceful elections and we create that environment in the country."

EVMs were first used in Bangladesh in the 2012 Chittagong municipality polls. It was later used in Narayanganj and Comilla polls. The machines were also used in the last general election on December 30, 2018.