Thursday, 11 August, 2022

AL favours EVM use in next national polls: Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today said the ruling party is in favour of the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the upcoming general elections.

"The EVM use should be increased significantly in the forthcoming 12th national elections... This is loud and clear," he told reporters after attending a meeting, organised by the Election Commission (EC), at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the AL thinks that the EC's acceptability, neutrality and capacity are important in holding a free and fair polls.

"In addition, the EC needs to ensure its responsible and neutral attitude, ensure overall security and increase the EVM use in the elections," he said.

The AL general secretary said the AL also thinks that transparency and accountability have increased in holding polls due to the increase in the use of technology, including EVMs, in the EC's activities.

The use of EVMs will stop vote rigging, the seizing of polling centres, election engineering and vote stealing.