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No way to retreat from EVMs in Dhaka City polls, says CEC
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda. - File photo

No way to retreat from EVMs in Dhaka City polls, says CEC

Dhaka, Jan 07 – Mentioning that all preparations have already been completed to hold the elections to the two Dhaka city corporations with electronic voting machines (EVMs), Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday said there is no scope to backtrack from the decision. He made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with BNP leaders at the Nirbachan Bhaban.
The CEC said they are going to use EVMs in the elections to prevent the incidents of snatching ballot boxes and ballots which took place in the past.
He also said there is no scope of setting programming at EVMs beforehand. “No-one can open the machines before 8 am and votes can’t be cast after 5 pm. The EVM system is not online, but offline. So, there’ll be no problem,” he said.
About the outcome of the meeting, Nurul Huda said they told the BNP leaders that there is the scope of rigging votes through EVMs.
He said they will give directives to police very soon not to harass or arrest any candidate unnecessarily.
At the meeting, the six-member BNP delegation formally demanded the Election Commission abandon its decision to use EVMs in the upcoming elections to the two Dhaka city corporations.
They also handed over a letter, signed by their party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, containing a 21-point demand, to the Election Commission.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Khosru said, “EVM is nothing but a project of rigging votes automatically and silently without any uproar. The election results depend on EVM’s programming, not on the votes of people.” – UNB

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