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Gazipur city polls: Voters happy with EVM

  • Published at 02:12 pm June 26th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:14 pm June 26th, 2018
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A voter's identity is being checked before she casts her ballot using a electronic voting machine (EVM) at a polling centre during the Gazipur city polls on July 27 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Voters sought more volunteers to assist those with little or no technical knowledge

Voters of Gazipur City Corporation have given positive feedback on the introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the election.

The Election Commission is using EVMs at six polling centres during the Gazipur City Corporation election. 

The centres are: two in Rani Bilashmoni Government Boys' High School in Gazipur Sadar; two in Chapulia Mafiz Uddin Khan High School; one Chapulia Model Government High School; and one in Mariali Government Primary School in West Joydebpur. 

Praising the faster voting process after casting his ballot at an EVM booth in Rani Bilashmoni Government Boys' High School centre, Shaheen Alam, a student of Kazi Azimuddin College, said the system would make it difficult for anyone seeking to rig the election. 

“It is a much easier and user-friendly voting system. The EVM should be used in more areas across the country,” he added.

Echoing the same opinion, a female first time voter named Hena, said the EVM system is quite user-friendly. 

‘I finally did it’

The newly-introduced EVM system is much easier for a significant portion of the voters, but there are some who found the use of this technology difficult.

A voter is being marked with ink after casting ballot using a EVM in the Gazipur city polls | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Lokman Miah, who is a day labourer by profession, told the Dhaka Tribune: “I was puzzled for a bit about how to cast my ballot through the EVM, but I finally did it.

“It would be much easier for voters like us, if the authorities concerned had deployed volunteers to help those who are not very proficient at using technology.”

Presiding officer of polling centre 1 at Rani Bilashmoni Government Boys' High School, Dr Salimullah, told the Dhaka Tribune that around 56 voters had cast their votes as of 10:47am. 

“Many voters did not know how to cast a vote using the EVM,” he added.

Expressing optimism that all 482 voters would be able to cast their ballots on schedule, Salimullah said: “A major portion of these voters were trained on the use of EVM three days prior to the election. However, some voters could not attend the training.”

Countries such as the USA and India have effectively used EVMs in their elections—although not without controversies. 

Bangladesh first used EVMs in the 2012 Chittagong City Corporation election; and later in the Comilla and Khulna city polls.