The Election Commission (EC) is set to introduce electronic voting machines (EVM) in the coming general elections to stop malpractices during polling but the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, headed by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has already rejected the plan.
Despite BNP’s rejection, the Election Commission will start a series of dialogues with registered political parties on June 7 to take their opinions on introduction of electronic voting machine and enactment of laws outlining criteria for appointment of Election Commissioners.
… [L]eader of the opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia has already called for formation of a neutral Election Commission (EC) to ensure fair election in the future, terming the incumbent commission a “puppet” of the party in power.
“This Election Commission was a key to destroying BNP in the past. They are the stooges of the present ruling party. This commission must go,” she said.
She rejected the EC’s plan to introduce electronic voting machines for future elections, alleging that the electronic voting machine is another ploy to retain power through rigging.