Industry Desk: Amid the Election Commission (EC) rolling up its sleeves to amend the law to introduce electronic voting machines (EVMs), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said they do not want any hasty moves on the issue.
“Building a Digital Bangladesh was our pledge and EVMs in elections is a part of it. I was for introducing it and still am. But EVMs cannot be introduced hastily,” she said while addressing the media at the Ganabhaban on Sunday.
“It’s true technology benefits us, but sometimes it also creates problem. EVM is a matter of practice. It has to go through trials … EVMs have been used in some cases, especially in the city corporation polls,” said Hasina.
The EC has already approved the necessary amendment to the RPO for introducing e-voting and has forwarded the draft to the law ministry for vetting.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said the commission planned to use EVMs in 100 out of 300 constituencies but has not taken a decision yet.
Yesterday media call was meant to brief on the prime minister’s visit to Nepal where she attended the BIMSTEC summit.
Hasina visited Nepal on Aug 30 and 31 to attend the two-day summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), a seven-nation economic bloc of the South Asia and South East Asia.
The seven BIMSTEC member states are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal.