Jatiya Party opposes use of EVMs in national election
Main opposition in the parliament Jatiya Party today said that they do not want national election using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
Leaders of the Jatiya Party, also a partner of ruling Grand Alliance, said this during view exchange programme with Election Commission on the EVMs today.
"We informed the commission that there is no need of using EVM in elections", Jatiya Party Secretary General Mujibul Haque Chunnu told The Daily Star, after the programme.
"There is public perception that using of EVM in election meaning there is scope of manipulation and a special party can do something," Chunnu said at the event.
He said that if the election commission hold the elections to the all 300 parliamentary constituencies using EVMs, it would create a "haphazard situation" as voters are not ready for that.
Meanwhile, three political parties out of 13 invited for the view-exchange programme did not attend, even though EC said that such an initiative has been taken to gain political parties trust over EVMs.
The parties are: Gonoforum, Krishak Sramik Janata League and Bangladesh Jaitya Party (BJP), election commission sources said.
Gonoforum, is a major partner of opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front, that also include BNP. Krishak Sramik Janata League was also a member of the Oikya Front but it left the alliance in July 2019.
Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) is also a member BNP led 20 party alliance.
The EC is set to hold two more phases of view-exchange meetings with political parties on June 21 and 28.