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EVM use depends on political consensus: CEC

11 May,2017

 

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday said the electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in the next parliamentary polls if all the political parties reach a consensus in this regard.

“If the political parties unanimously accept digital voting machines (DVMs) or electronic voting machines (EVMs), we have to go for it. We’ll try to convince them. If it’s accepted unanimously, we’ll consider the use of the machines,” he said.

The CEC made the remarks at an orientation programme of the new committee of Reporters Forum for Election and Democracy (RFED) at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.

Nurul Huda said the Election Commission will sit with the political parties and other stakeholders this year and seek their opinions over the EVM use in the next general election, to be held late December 2018 or early January 2019, before taking any decision.

He said his commission has no intention to introduce the machines unilaterally ignoring opinions of the political parties.

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