EVM project to come in next ECNEC meeting -The Asian Age

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said the EVM project will be placed in the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for its approval. 

He said while briefing the media after the weekly ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room in the city yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. 

The minister said, "The EVMs (electronic voting machines) may be used in the next parliamentary polls on a trial basis, but it depends on the of EC's decision."

He said the EVMs have already been used in local body elections without any controversy. Mustafa Kama said the function of the ECNEC is to approve the project, not to implement it.

The Election Commission has designed a project proposal to procure some 1.5 lakh EVMs at a cost of Tk 3,821 crore and sent it to the Planning Commission for clearance. The EC needs some 4 lakh machines to arrange the national election fully based on EVMs across the country.

Besides, the Election Commission has already proposed the amendment to the Representation of the People Order incorporating a provision to pave the way for using the electronic machines instead of ballot papers in general elections.