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Use of EVM in polls a hasty move: Ex CEC Huda

Published : Sunday, 11 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 325

Former chief election commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda expressed concerns over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the upcoming election saying that it a hasty move to introduced EVMs in election right now.
"The EVMs are being hastily procured privately at a cost of over Tk 3,800 crore for using those in the upcoming polls. Despite objection from most political parties, for whose sake will the EVMs be used in the polls?" He asked.
He was speaking at the programme organised by Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (SHUJAN) in association with The Hunger Project, an international voluntary organisation, at CIRDAP International Conference Centre in the city on Saturday.
However, Huda asked the EC to make a level playing field for all political parties.
Taking part in the discussion, SHUJAN president M Hafiz Uddin Khan, a former adviser to caretaker government said a congenial atmosphere must prevail in the country during the poll time as it is pre-requisite to hold a peaceful, free, fair and credible election in the country.
SHUJAN, a civil society platform expressed doubts about fair and credible national election amid the ongoing "spree of arrest, restriction on political activities and use of Digital Security Act".
"We want not only a peaceful election but also a free, fair and credible one. A congenial atmosphere must prevail in the country during the polls," SHUJAN president said.
"Why is the election being held so hurriedly? What is the government's problem if the election is held in January?" the SHUJAN chief asked.  
He also expressed concern as foreign election observers will not come to monitor polls as the election will be held during the Christmas celebration.
A total of 90 participants from 30 constituencies joined the Olympiad, among whom, the top three were awarded at the programme.
The speakers at the programme also revealed that around 2.30 crore young voters will exercise their franchise in the upcoming elections, among whom around 43 lakh became voters this year.
There are a total 104,143,381 of voters in the country, they added.

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