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BNP for not using electronic voting machines

  • Published at 10:50 pm May 22nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:52 pm May 22nd, 2017
BNP for not using electronic voting machines
BNP does not want electronic voting machines (EVMs) to be used in the next parliamentary election. The party on Monday submitted a letter to the Election Commission in this regard. BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan led a three-men delegation to the EC on Monday afternoon and handed over the letter to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda. “We have told the CEC that our party does not want EVMs to be used in the next national polls,” Nazrul later told reporters. He said the CEC told them that EVM is a new system and the commission would decide on its use after a necessary assessment and discussions with experts and political parties. Nazrul said the commission ensured them that they would not use EVMs if anyone opposes. Mentioning that many countries have stopped use of EVM, Nazrul said the party thinks the move to introduce it in Bangladesh may have an evil intention. Nazrul said the EC has scope to amend the Representation of the People Order (RPO) for holding a fair and acceptable election. He said the BNP definitely wants to join the election as well as talks. “That’s why we want a congenial atmosphere,” he added. Last week EC Secretary Mohammad Abdullah told the Dhaka Tribune: “The EC will introduce EVM to a few upazila and union council elections and then city corporation elections as a pilot project after we gauge the response of political parties. “We look forward to the response from all political parties and citizen groups when the EC decides to use EVM in the election.”