Information minister Abul Kalam Azad has said that the Election Commission (EC) is considering introduction of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the next general election.
The information minister, who is assigned to answer questions related to the EC Secretariat in the House, said Tuesday the issue of EVM introduction in the polls of Dhaka City Corporation was also under consideration. Azad made the comment as he replied to a query from Netrakona-1 MP Mustaque Ahmed Ruhi during a question-answer session in the parliament.
The minister said that EC had already discussed with many political parties, representatives of the civil society and media about the importance of the EVM for holding a free and fair election. He said that the EVM was experimentally used in a ward during the elections of Chittagong City Corporation.
The EC has also plans to introduce the EVM in elections to the newly upgraded Narayanganj and Comilla city corporations slated for October and November, he said. The minister said that the experimental use of EVM would play a vital role in creating mass awareness.