Ready to use EVMs in Punjab LG polls: ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has expressed its readiness to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the local government elections in Punjab

A meeting of the Election Commission was held under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja to discuss the upcoming local government elections in Punjab

Punjab’s local government secretary gave a briefing on important aspects of the Punjab Local government Ordinance, 2021

The provincial chief secretary assured the CEC of all possible cooperation

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The provincial government agreed on those amendments

The ECP said that if the machines are prepared by the federal or the provincial government, then it has no objections to their usage in the upcoming local bodies polls

The commission also noted that about 250,000 EVMs would be required for the elections

The ECP also said that if it has to purchase the said machines, then it would not be possible in 120 days, whereas as per the Constitution of Pakistan, it is liable to hold elections within this period

The commission also suggested experimenting with EVMs in some village and neighbourhood councils and asked the provincial government to consider its suggestions and to inform it of their decision

Date:08-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link