Election Commission of Pakistan takes important decisions over use of EVM in elections

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Election Commission of Pakistan takes important decisions over use of EVM in elections

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has formed committees to implement legislation on electronic voting machines (EVMs) and i-voting, days after the joint session of Parliament approved bills regarding them.

According to the ECP, three committees have been formed with one looking into its technical aspects, the second one determining the expenditure to be incurred on the process and the third one suggesting lacunas in the legislation and rules.

The technical committee would be headed by the secretary of the election commission and would look into the working of the EVMs and internet voting. The committee would prepare a request for proposal (RFP) and identify where they could be used.

The second committee would be led by an additional secretary admin and it would determine the expenditure to be incurred on adopting voting through EVMs and internet voting. The body would also devise a mechanism for pilot testing and the use of the machines.

The ECP shared that a third committee would be headed by director-general law and it would suggest on amendments in currently applied legislation and rules with regard to the EVM and internet voting.

On November 18, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) secretary said on he is not sure that electronic voting machines (EVMs) would be used in the next general election link.