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ECP declares use of electronic voting machine uncertain

The government had yesterday passed a bill in parliament regarding electronic voting machine (Photo Republic World)

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission has expressed doubt over the idea of using EVMs in the upcoming elections as it may take a longer time to set up the electrical system.

The Secretary of Election Commission said that there are challenges in the use of electronic voting machines. He could not say anything about the use of EVM in the next elections he has to go through 14 steps points. On the other hand, the Ministry of Science and Technology said that after preparing the electronic voting machine, all its tests have been done while the EVM has special features as per the instructions of the Election Commission.

The EVM can be activated for two days with the help of a battery, around 4 lakh electronic voting machines will be required for general elections. Electronic voting machines (EVMs) can operate at minus 10 to 55 degrees Celsius.

Read more: Parliament passes bill on using EVMs in elections, overseas voting rights

Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan had raised 37 objections to the electronic voting machine. The commission warned in a document that the machine could be tampered with and its software could be easily changed. Electronic voting machines cannot hold free, transparent, and credible elections according to the constitution.


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