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The Election Commission (EC) will use electronic voting machines (EVMs) at all polling centres in six constituencies during the upcoming parliamentary polls scheduled to be held on December 30.
The commission has taken the decision at a full commission meeting held on Saturday at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city’s Agargoan area, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters after the meeting on the day.
The EC has decided to use EVMs in the six parliamentary seats on an experimental basis as it has got success in several numbers of local body polls, he said.
However, all the six parliamentary constituencies will be at urban areas. But the commission would fix the constituencies at a full commission meeting to be held on November 28, he added. The secretary said the commission will use EVMs at 900 polling centres partially during the upcoming polls as there will be no ballot papers at the stations.
The EC will select it through random selection process, he also said.
Now around 3,000 EVMs have been reserved at the commission for using them in the polls. In the last couple of local government polls, the commission used new EVMs successfully.
Earlier, the EC said it was using EVMs in the local body polls experimentally.
The country’s two major political parties — Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party — are at loggerheads over the use of EVMs in the upcoming polls.
The EC used EVMs at a ward in Chattogram City Corporation polls in 2010. Thereafter EVMs were also used at several wards during Narayanganj City Corporation polls, Narsingdi municipal polls and all centres in Cumilla city polls.
The previous commission led by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad used EVMs partially in Rajshahi and Rangpur city polls. But technical glitches occurred at different centres in Rajshahi. Due to those glitches, the commission decided to stop use of EVMs in the polls until the technical problem was removed.