Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said the chance of using electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the next general elections has not been completely turned down despite controversies over the use of the device, contradicting Election Commission Secretary Mohammad Abdullah, who earlier said the Election Commission had decided not to use EVMs in the polls.
Huda made his remarks on Sunday, when speaking to journalists after revealing the roadmap for the polls, slated for early 2019, in Electoral Training Institute in Dhaka.
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“We will raise the issue with political parties during dialogue with them. We also discuss to what extent the parties are really eager to accept EVMs and our preparations to use them,” he said.
“Currently, we have 700-800 EVMs bought five to six years back, whereas there are a total of 250,000 voting booths in 40,000 polling stations across the country. So, there is an issue of financial assistance from the government [to purchase EVMs]. We will take a realistic decision after considering all these factors,” he added.
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Mohammad Abdullah on July 9 told journalist that the Election Commission had decided not to use EVMs in the polls.