‘Concern over EVM is natural’: CEC

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Dhaka, September 03: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday said the concern about electronic voting machine (EVM) among voters and political parties is natural.

The use of EVM in the upcoming 11th national election will also be dependent on the training and capability of Election Commission officials as well as support of political parties.“It is very natural to express concern over the use of EVMs among the voters and political arenas. Because, we are yet to inform them about the benefit and use of these machines but they will inform about it in phases,” the CEC made the comment while speaking at the inauguration of a two-day training workshop on EVM use at the Election Training Institute (ETI) building in city’s Agargaon on Monday.

“The concern about electronic voting machine (EVM) among voters and political parties is natural as we are yet to inform them about its (EVM) use and benefits,” he said.

The CEC came up with the observation while addressing a programme at the Election Training Institute (ETI) at Agargaon in Dhaka.

He said the voters and political parties will be able to know everything about EVM gradually.

He inaugurated the training programme on EVM there.

“If the government passes necessary laws and a congenial atmosphere is created then the voters will think about using EVM on a trial basis at some polling centres,” he said.

The CEC also said they would decide later whether EVM will be used in national elections.

While addressing media on Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said EVMs should not be imposed hurriedly as the machines need to be introduced on a limited scale in national elections.

She said, “Many countries have the EVM system. I was always and am still in favour of it. Yes, it’s right that it shouldn’t be imposed hastily as it’s a matter of practice. We’ll have to examine it.”

The commission has already announced that it plans to hold the next parliamentary election in the last week of December.

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