Thursday, 7 July, 2022

EC not fully confident of EVM use: CEC

EC not fully confident of EVM use: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal said on Tuesday that the Election Commission is not yet fully confident about use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).

“We don’t have any intention to make the next election ‘farce’. Let a healthy trend prevails through a peaceful and participatory election,” he told reporters at a briefing at the EC Secretariat in the capital.

 Four election commissioners -- Brig Gen (retd) Ahsan Habib Khan, Rashida Sultana, Md Alamgir and Anisur Rahman -- were also present on the occasion.

When his attention was drawn over Election Commissioner Anisur Rahman’s remarks, the CEC claimed that he could no way make such a comment.

During his visit to Madaripur on Saturday, he said EVM is fault-free, adding that “The CEC has announced $10 million reward if anyone can find faults in EVMs.”

Kazi Awal said he had not made any bizarre announcement that $10 million reward would be offered if anyone can find fault in EVMs.

“People want to have their trust in the EC….if it is ruined at the beginning, the next general election may be hampered,” he said.

Over the strange remarks, the CEC said they conducted an internal investigation after hearing such speech.

“Anyone can express their love for EVM. That expression will be their own,” he said.

“The CEC also said that Election Commissioner Anisur may have said this mistakenly. The statement is not the comment of the Election Commission. He (Anisur) may have been little confused after hearing such words from others,” the CEC said.

Kazi Awal urged all to remain careful while saying something from a responsible position.

No final decision has been taken about using electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the forthcoming national elections since not all political parties have confidence in it, the CEC said.

“We haven’t taken any final decision on EVM. We won’t bow our heads in the face of any pressure. We have had five meetings on using EVM, there will be another meeting tomorrow. It will be an open meeting, you can see it too. We want to gain the confidence of all regarding EVM.”

He said, “We have no intention to make the next election ‘farce’. We want a fair and participatory election. We sincerely wish this not only as the chief election commissioner but also as a citizen of the country.”