'EVM is a weapon to snatch people's voting rights'
Describing the electronic voting machine (EVM) as a new method of rigging votes, Jatiya Oikya Front has warned that it will not allow the Election Commission to use it in the elections to two Dhaka city corporations.
At a press conference at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) in the capital on Saturday, the alliance urged the commission to back off from its decision of using the EVM in the polls, reports UNB.
"We would like to clearly say that the entire world has rejected the EVM and it should be dumped in the Bay of Bengal, not in the Buriganga, as the country's people do not want it. EVM use cannot be allowed," said Oikya Front leader ASM Abdur Rob.
He further said: "EVM is the new method of rigging votes, and we are protesting against it. This machine cannot be used."
Rob, also the president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob), called upon the Election Commission to use traditional ballot papers in the city polls as the voters and most of the stakeholders do not support voting with EVM.
Asked whether their alliance may boycott the polls if the commission does not retreat from its decision of using the voting machine, he said they will continue their movement through the election.
"Still, we do not have any decision to boycott the election as our last resort to register our protest."
The JSD president said as people do not have confidence both in the administration and the Election Commission, the government is trying to resort to evil designs to cling to power without holding free and fair elections.
He said their alliance believes EVM is a weapon to snatch people's voting rights since the machine will be operated by people like any other technology.
BNP Standing Committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, Gono Forum Executive Presidents Prof Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were, among others, present at the press conference.