EVMs fair held in city
Published : Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 336
An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) fair was held on Monday at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital. The Election Commission (EC) organized the fair ahead of the 11th national election. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda inaugurated the opening session of the fair as the Chief Guest with EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed in the fair. Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder Dr M Rafiqul Islam and Begum Kabita Khanam were present at the fair as the special guests. The EC is said to be taking considerable care before using them in some constituencies in the upcoming parliamentary poll.
CEC said there is no scope for the Election Commission to back off from the EVM use and this machine will be used on a limited scale in the national election. "There's no scope for retreating from it (the use of EVM). We'll have to go ahead. We seek cooperation from all of you," he said. Addressing the function, the CEC said if the political parties want they can send experts to find out whether there is any loophole in EVM.
Pointing at the political parties, he said, "You, come together with technology experts if you have, and examine these. If we've any flaws, please help us correct those." The CEC said no voter lodged any complaint about the EVM when the machines were used in the recent city corporation elections. "They (voters) were happy. If the voters are happy we're also happy," he said.
No fake voter can cast their votes with the EVMs and no one can stuff ballot boxes before the stipulated time, he mentioned adding that every voter will have to go through the biometric verification process to cast vote with the machine. A new ordinance gives the EC the power under the Representation of the People Order to use EVMs in elections for the sake of quick voting.