Bangladesh plans to buy 1.5 lakh electronic voting machines at a cost of nearly USD 456 million, the country’s top economic policy-making body announced Tuesday. The project was approved at the weekly Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) meeting here headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal said the Prime Minister had directed that the voting machines should initially be used in urban areas as the number of educated people in cities and towns is higher. “The EVMs will be used mainly in urban areas at first and will gradually be introduced in other areas,” he was quoted as saying by the ‘Dhaka Tribune’.
The ECNEC on Tuesday cleared a Taka 3,825.34 (USD 455.9 million)crore project to procure 150,000 electronic voting machines, the report said.
The ECNEC approved a sum-total of 14 projects with an estimated cost of Taka 12,544.94 crore, he said.
The Election Commission has already announced that it wants to hold the 11th general election in the last week of December and plans to use 150,000 voting machines in 100 constituencies during the vote.