Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja on Saturday mentioned he was in search of a location to determine the mission administration unit as a part of the nation’s electoral authority efforts to make use of know-how within the voting course of, Aaj Information reported.
Such a requirement comes after Science and Know-how Minister Shibli Faraz informed a presser in Islamabad on January 10 that the Election Fee of Pakistan has “agreed” with the federal government on the usage of digital voting machines in Islamabad native authorities elections.
“The science and know-how ministry will present a particular variety of EVMs to the ECP by subsequent week for testing functions in order that the ECP might practice its employees and convey its observations [to us],” he had mentioned, “The query of both EVM will likely be used within the elections or not is now meaningless.”
In a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, CEC Raja wrote the ECP was taking measures for utilizing the know-how within the election course of. Raja additionally advised 4 totally different buildings for establishing the unit.
“The visitor room of Pakistan Academy of Sciences could possibly be used for establishing the unit, PCSI’s visitor home, an empty ground of the science and know-how ministry, and any constructing from the Sir Syed Memorial Society could possibly be used for establishing the mission administration unit,” it learn.
It added the appointments of IT professionals for establishing the unit was on the remaining stage. “The IT groups will work for digital voting machines, I-voting and the usage of know-how within the election course of,” the letter learn.
It’s pertinent to say that the opposition has expressed considerations over the usage of EVM within the elections. It had additionally resisted the federal government’s transfer to oppose the amendments to the Elections Act, 2017, within the joint session of parliament, however in useless because the treasury benches managed to bulldoze the tweaks by parliament.
The modification would enable the usage of EVMs and grant voting rights to abroad Pakistanis.
“How can we settle for your suggestion the place Pakistanis sitting in Paris, California and Britain determine for the folks of Karachi and the tribal areas? They need to have their very own electoral school,” PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had mentioned in his speech.