Published:  09:01 PM, 08 November 2018

CEC signals e-voting on limited scale

CEC signals e-voting on limited scale
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has announced a plan to introduce electronic voting on a limited scale for the first time in parliamentary elections, despite strong opposition from some political parties.

In a televised speech on Thursday, Huda unveiled his plan for the use of electronic voting machines, or EVMs, in the 11th parliamentary election set for Dec 23. 

“We believe that if EVMs are used, it will improve the quality of the voting process and save time, money and labour,” Huda said. 

The Election Commission held exhibitions in districts and other areas to inform voters about the benefits of EVMs.

Nearly 104.2 million people, including a little more than 51.6 million women, are registered as voters. They will elect their 300 representatives to parliament through the balloting in about 40,199 polling stations. 

In his speech, Huda said EVMs would be introduced to some urban areas but did not clarify how many polling stations would be marked for e-voting.

Earlier, EVMs were partially used in local government elections.

The Election Commission has completed the process of recruiting about 700,000 officials to conduct the polls.

As many as 600,000 members of police, BGB, Bangladesh Coast Guard, Ansar and Village Defence Party will be deployed for law enforcement.

In addition, the army will be deployed to aid the civil administration.

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