EC positive on deploying army, not-using EVMs in elections

EC positive on deploying army, not-using EVMs in elections

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Dhaka – The Election Commission is reported to have said they will not use Electronic Voting Machines in the next general election. The commission is also reported to be positive about the deployment of the army during the polls. But it is yet to be clear if the army will have magistracy power.
A news item published by the bdnews24.com has come a day after opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia voiced her opposition to the use of the machines at a public rally.
One election commissioner has been quoted to have said, “Time will say how the army will be mobilised but we will never say that troops will not be deployed,” he added.
On EVMs, the commissioner said: “Old ones have been out of operation. However, we will try out a few machines that are still working in Rangpur in some other city polls.”
“But the commission does not plan to use EVMs in the next parliamentary election,” he went on.
“Currently we lack the preparedness for using EVMs. We want to ensure a fair election which is not possible with faulty machines.”
The BNP, which boycotted the 10th Parliamentary Polls, now wants a ‘polls-time facilitating government’.
The EC’s decision on army deployment did not come following Khaleda’s call, the election commissioner was quoted as saying.
In its dialogue held with EC, the BNP had proposed amendment of the Representation of the People Order, a set of electoral rules, to define the armed forces as a law-enforcing agency and give them magistracy power.
But, the ruling Awami League insisted on not delegating magistracy power to the armed forces and suggested the use of EVMs in the polls. – GreenWatch News Desk

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