EVM debate: BCC polls Presiding Officer returns memory card
A presiding officer of Barishal City Corporation polling centre returned a memory card of electronic voting machine (EVM) to EC investigation team on Thursday afternoon.
Khondaker Mizanur Rahman, joint secretary (election management-2), as convener leading the 4-member investigation committee, disclosed the fact to journalists on Friday that the memory card was used in an EVM at Arts faculty centre-2 of BM College centre during BCC election.
‘The presiding Officer of the centre Md Kamruzzaman admitted that it was a wrong practice to keep the memory card with him.’
It will not affect vote result, EC team leader said.
The convener of the investigation team also said they will submit a report including recovery of this EVM memory card to EC headquarter within next 15 days.
Presiding Officer of the centre, ATM Kamruzzaman, was not available for comment even after repeated call over mobile phone.
EC on Thursday started extended investigation into alleged irregularities in more 27 vote centers of Barishal City Corporation Election held on July 30.
Earlier, an EC team investigated allegation about 30 vote centers from Aug 11 to 14. A total of 56 vote centers are now under investigation.
Around a hundred of people of those centres may be examined, EC sources said.
The investigation has been started at Regional Election Office in Kashipur area of Barishal city by taking statements and hearing from presiding, assistant presiding and polling officers, officials of deployed law enforcing agencies and others involved in election process of those centers.
Other three members of the committee are Farhad Hossain, acting deputy secretary of EC, Shahid Abdus Salam, deputy director, election training institute, Md Shah Alam, senior assistant secretary (establishment-2).