Sunday, 3 July, 2022

‘EVM can’t be manipulated’

Technology experts on Wednesday said voting results cannot be changed on electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, former professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) and former BUET professor Dr Mohammad Kaykobad said this to reporters after inspecting the technology of EVMs.

The meeting with the technology experts and the Election Commission (EC) was held in the conference room at the EC secretariat.

During the meeting, the technology experts inquired about the error and safety issues of EVMs from the technical committee of EC.

Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal said, “EVM is an excellent machine. You have to be confident about your country. EVM has a biometric system and it can be operated easily. Machines are not cent per cent safe, but we are happy to see this machine.”

He further said, “It is not possible to manipulate in EVM. There is no fear in the machine but there may be fear in the mind of the political parties. It is not possible to change the results by altering this machine.”

Former BUET professor Dr Mohammad Kaykobad said, “No machine can be trusted cent per cent, but EVM cannot be manipulated if anyone wants to.”

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal said, “I will not say anything about the good and bad of the machine, you have to wait a little longer.”

“A technical person will be able to evaluate the machine. We called the technical persons from that perspective. We will also request the political parties to verify the effectiveness of EVM by their technical teams,” he said.

The CEC also said a few more experts would be called to verify the technology before deciding on the use of EVMs.