AL bows down to opposition demand over EVMs: BNPStaff correspondent
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has termed the Election Commission’s decision not to use electronic voting machines in next general election its first victory.
The BNP said that the ruling party had finally bowed down to the opposition’s ‘logical demand’ for not using EVMS in the elections.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker
Mosharraf Hossain told New Aged on Sunday that it was their first victory and there are more in store.
He said this when he was asked to comment on the announcement by the chief election commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, that EVMs would not be used in the next general elections.
Nazrul Islam Khan, also a member of the party’s standing committee, told New Age that the ruling party had bowed down to the opposition’s demand.
Nazrul hoped that the way the government had conceded to the opposition and people’s demand, it would also need to concede to the popular demand for holding the next general elections under a non-party, caretaker government after amending the constitution.
Nazrul said that no government can stay in power by not heeding to people’s legitimate demands.
He said that the electronic voting machine system was faulty and it was not in use in other places now.
Nazrul said that two basic rights of voters could not be ensured through EVMs. The machines cannot establish who the voter casts the vote for and votes cannot be recounted, he added.
The leader claimed that all political parties, including the BNP, had said that votes could be manipulated through EVM but the Awami League had favoured the use of the machines.
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