While the decision to scrap the EVMs is a step in the right direction, the EC must not lose sight of the fact that there are many other pressing issues that it must address for a free, fair and participatory elections.
Restoring trust in the electoral process remains the biggest challenge
According to the Election Commission, 17 parties during their talks with the EC opined in favour of using EVMs in the next national polls but The Daily Star found that at least four of them actually spoke against using EVMs.
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has urged the Election Commission that they should take the decision on using EVM only after ensuring it is technically faultless.
Tabith Awal, BNP’s mayoral candidate for the Dhaka North City Corporation election, says people were not ready to cast their votes using the Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) in the election scheduled for January 30.
A Supreme Court lawyer files a writ petition with the High Court seeking a ban on the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the elections, claiming that the ordinance that allows use of EVM is unconstitutional.
For the first time in India’s parliamentary elections, the country’s Election Commission is to undertake exercise of matching EVM results with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine slips during vote-count of the ongoing polls on May 23.
Andhra Pradesh is going to polls to elect 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha members. Voters turned up in good numbers at the polling stations as the exercise began at 7:00am, even as EVM glitches were reported from some places.
Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed says the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) will be used from the third phase of Upazila Parishad elections.