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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Ruling Awami League (AL) on Thursday clarified its position on the Election Commission’s decision about the use of the Electronic Voting Machine in next parliamentary polls.

“We want Electronic Voting Machine to be used in the next national polls as we are against the use of ballot papers and seals in the voting,” said AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader while addressing a discussion organised by Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (SWACHIP) at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital, marking National Mourning Day. 

The EC on Tuesday decided to hold polls in maximum 150 parliamentary seats by using EVMs, ignoring strong opposition from a good number of political parties.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies have been opposing the use of EVM in the election for a long time. 

 Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, criticised the BNP for opposing the tool.

“Those who take election as a means of snatching ballot paper, vote rigging and fraudulence don’t support the use of EVMs,” he said.

“We don’t want any election to be held with fake votes. That’s why we want the use of EVMs in the polls. On the contrary, those who are used to vote rigging, seizing polling centers, and snatching ballot papers don’t support the use of EVMs. I am talking about BNP,” he added.

President of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Vice-Chancellor of BSMMU Sharfuddin Ahmed, Awami League’s Health Affairs Secretary Rokeya Sultana, SWACHIP President M Iqbal Arslan and BMA Secretary General Ihteshamul Haque Chowdhury, among others, addressed the programme.