The Election Commission (EC) is going to carry out a massive campaign to dispel the misconception about the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in elections.
The commission will run the campaign through the mass media, including radio and television, mosques and temples.
“They will work on the issue so that the people get a clear idea about EVM and process of casting votes,” he said adding that then they will arrange promotion of the topic.
“Apart from the TVC, we will run the campaign through newspapers, facebook, mosques and temples. Later we will carry out a campaign in educational institutions. It is an integrated programme,” he said.
The EC has finalised a Tk 87.11 billion project proposal to procure around 2 lakh EVMs and carry out maintenance of older ones ahead of the upcoming 12th National Parliamentary Election.
They have decided to use EVMs in maximum 150 seats in the upcoming parliamentary election.
The commission has 150,000 EVMs right now and it can hold elections to 70-80 constituencies with the existing ones. The EC needs to purchase new EVMs to conduct polls in additional seats. The 12th general election for 300 constituencies will be held between November 2023 and January 2024.