Tk 1,200cr needed for e-voting
The Election Commission Secretariat estimates that Tk 1,200 crore will be required to hold the next parliamentary elections under electronic voting system.
EC Secretary Muhammad Sadiq yesterday said this at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presiding over the meeting said the government will introduce the system in the next parliamentary elections. She directed the EC to take whatever measures necessary to this end.
She also said when the system is in place, results will be quicker and there will be no scope for vote rigging.
A planning ministry official said the EC Secretary Muhammad Sadiq disclosed the information while discussing a revised project of the EC.
The EC secretary said as per their estimate, Tk 30,000 to 40,000 may be required at each voting centre to introduce the electronic voting system.
He, however, said even though Tk 1,200 crore will be required now, the net cost will stand at Tk 300 crore since there will be no need to print ballot papers nor will there be expenditure on other things related to the manual voting system.
The EC secretary said they were having talks with Bangladesh University of Engineer and Technology in this regard.