Claiming that it is not possible to get credible results from electronic voting machines (EVMs), BNP yesterday alleged that the Election Commission is trying to use the technology in the two city polls to “fulfil the government’s desire”.
“We’re observing with serious concern that the Election Commission has become active to fulfil the government’s desire, even after the unprecedented scandal in the national election,” BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also alleged that the EC has taken a position against the will of people, only to bring election results in favour of the government “through tricks” by using the EVMs.
The BNP leader urged the EC to take proper steps for holding a credible election discarding its plan to use EVMs.
He said it is impossible to have credible results from EVM in polls, as this machine can easily be tampered with.
On December 22, the Election Commission announced that elections to Dhaka north and south city corporations would be held on January 30, using EVMs instead of traditional ballot papers.
December 31 is the last date for submitting nomination papers, while January 9 is the deadline for the withdrawal of candidacy. The EC will scrutinise nomination papers on January 2.