The Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs will not be used in the next general election, the Election Commission (EC) told this Monday.
The EC made this disclosure a day after Khaleda Zia voiced her opposition to the use of the machines at a public rally at the Suhrawardy Uddyan.
The EC also assured that the army will be deployed surrounding the polls, but it is not confirmed that whether the army will have magistracy power or not.
However, Election Commission is apparently trying to gain the BNP’s confidence aiming to hold an inclusive election in a free and fair manner.
Quoting Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar, the source told that EC feel that the army should be deployed. But right at this moment they could not specifically say how they are going to use them.
About the use of EVMs, the commissioner said they did not plan to use EVMs in the next parliamentary election.
The BNP, which boycotted the 10th Parliamentary Polls, now wants a ‘polls-time facilitating government’.
Addressing her party rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on Sunday, BNP chief Khaleda demanded that magistracy power be given to the army deployed during the next parliamentary polls and also called on the commission to ensure that no EVMs are used for balloting..