Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal ML yesterday supported introduction of electronic voting e-voting system in upcoming general election while Krishak Sramik Janata League opposed it saying the system is not enough to prevent vote rigging.
Leaders of the two parties expressed their opinions in seperate dialogues with Election Commission EC at its secretariat in the city as part of its ongoing dialogue with 38 registered political parties till July 14.
EC launched the dialogues on Tuesday for opinions on key issues like use of e-voting machine; Representation of the People Order; laws on demarcation of constituencies and appointment of election commissioners. Both parties stressed on the need for establishing a free and powerful EC to conduct a neutral election.
… CEC Dr ATM Shamsul Huda and two commissioners M Sohul Hussain and M Sakhawat Hossain were present during the talks. Shamsul said the government has no influence over EC to introduce the e-voting system, which is an EC initiative.
“We planed this two years ago. The prime minister started talking about the issue recently, making it seem political,” he said.
Meanwhile, main opposition BNP firmly opposed introducing the e-voting system saying the government plans to use it to rig the next election. While visiting the US and the UK, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said BNP would not participate in the election if the e-voting system is introduced.
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