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EVM project stalled but no disappointment: CEC

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  • 26 January, 2023 13:43:51

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News Desk:  Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal has said that there is nothing to be disappointed about even though the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) project has been suspended. He told reporters after the commission meeting at Agargaon election building in the capital on Wednesday

As per the plan, subject to availability, maximum 150 seats will have EVMs. Here there is no question of being disappointed (not going as planned). 50, 40, 30 seats with the EVM we have? We have not decided on this yet. If the EVMs we have are functional, we are doing QC, we will select as many as possible. Not sure about this yet. How many constituencies can vote in EVM will be decided later.

He said that in the overall economic context of the country, the government did not agree to buy two lakh more EVMs. Although the project was postponed, I was not disappointed. With that, a decision will be made later on how many seats will be voted on by EVMs with the existing effective EVMs.

Kazi Habibul Awal said that after the suspension of the project, the position of the commission has been highlighted. Don't want to repeat the same thing. The issue of EVMs is not my personal matter, there is no disappointment. A decision has been reached, the government is not able to provide EVMs due to the overall economy. We have no reaction here.


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