Next Elections Won’t Get Electronic Voting Machines Thanks to ECP, Political Parties

The utilization of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Biometric Voting Machines (BVMs) by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the up and coming decisions won’t not be conceivable. The commission has expressed that unless the administration can spend around Rs. 90 billion, these machines can’t be purchased.

Besides Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), almost all political parties have taken back their demand of using this technology for any upcoming elections.

By the Numbers

There are around 80,000 polling stations all over the country and the ECP would need about 0.6 million machines for the voting process if EVMs and BVMs were to be used. The price for the units is Rs. 120,000 (for Electronic) and Rs. 180,000 (for Biometric) respectively.

There are around 80,000 polling stations all over the country and the ECP would need about 0.6 million machines for the voting process if EVMs and BVMs were to be used. The price for the units is Rs. 120,000 (for Electronic) and Rs. 180,000 (for Biometric) respectively.

There is some good news though – the ECP has bought about 250 machines for this year’s by-elections. These machines are going to serve as a test case.

Furthermore, the commission has also begun training its very limited staff on usage and handling of these machines.

Use of EVMs, BVMs in Upcoming Elections is Unlikely

Authorities of the ECP likewise uncovered that the utilization of EVMs and BVMs in the following general races is only a proposition and is not by any stretch of the imagination going to end up noticeably a reality. This is because of two reasons – it is far-fetched that the administration will discharge the assets expected to purchase the hardware and regardless of the possibility that it does as such, the ECP does not have capacity to prepare its staff on the taking care of and utilization in such a short measure of time.

Besides, the authorities likewise guaranteed that different nations that had utilized these machines had not been totally effective either as they can be altered. In any case, the utilization of such machines is regular in all present day nations and considering the widescale of apparatus issues in manual voting, EVMs would be an undeniable overhaul.

They additionally said that India took over 20 years to start these electronic voting gadgets yet different political gatherings of the nation have started battling for decisions to be done utilizing poll papers. Although, Indian machines are delivered locally and utilize an obsolete outline.

Beside ECP authorities, even the previous Chairperson Senate and Pakistan Peoples Party’s lawful personality, Mr. Farooq H Naek, has said that the Electronic Voting Machines are costly. As per him the most proficient framework would utilize thumb impressions since they can’t be messed with and the ECP can do this in a joint effort with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

“The most important is a biometric system and a ballot paper having water link like a currency note so that no one can get it printed except the ECP,” he said.

PTI’s Response

On the other hand, PTI leader Dr. Arif Alvi has stated that earlier every political party in the country was calling for the use of EVMs in the coming up elections but now the only reason they have backed out of this united demand is their own personal interests.

Dr. Arif Alvi is leading the sub-committee responsible for evaluating EVMs usage in the next elections

“I hold the election commission responsible for this failure,” he said, “the commission can take a decision independently in this regard by amending its rules, as there is no need to amend the constitution for use of the EVMs for elections.”

Moreover, he says that this sort of machinery is imperative to ensure transparency and fairness in a country where even the election commission is corrupt.

On the matter of the Indians likewise confronting issues with these machines, he expressed this was simply an instance of deception and that there is no difference in the nation about the utilization of EVMs, only a call for paper trail tally which would guarantee much more straightforwardness in elections.

Final Words

Paper trail is the most recent strategy where votes are submitted through an EVM yet a ballot is printed naturally alongside the voter’s thumb impression and the opted party’s symbol. These votes are machine lucid so at whatever point there are any assertions of altering in the electronic votes, the printed votes can be filtered also. Since these are machine discernible, the procedure is substantially speedier than numbering manual tickets.

Considering the importance of elections on the progress of the country, spending Rs. 90 billion should not be a huge issue. The government has spent far more on infrastructure projects.

Then again, if the ECP arrangements to purchase old models of such EVMs, it looks bad to spend this much cash. The legislature ought to advance nearby organizations and contract neighborhood specialists to design these machines in order to save costs and ensure reliability of the machines.

Reference : www.propakistani.pk

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