NA body witnesses demonstration of electronic voting machines

ISLAMABAD – The Sub-Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms on Thursday reviewed progress on electronic voting including biometrics verification solutions.

The committee met with Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman on Thursday in the chair and witnessed demonstration of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Ministry of IT on request of the sub-committee, held demonstrations and evaluated the EVM solutions of 17 vendors recommended by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Evaluations were done on the basis of requirements provided by ECP. The companies who fulfilled the requirements performed live demonstrations in the meeting.

After witnessing the demonstration, the members of the sub-committee expressed confidence that it was possible to implement electronic balloting in Pakistan. They appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of IT and especially the minister of state for their efforts in this regard.

It was noted by the meeting that expeditious finalisation of specs by the ECP was necessary to make progress in the development an electronic solution for balloting. The participants unanimously agreed that transparency, reliability and efficiency should be the foremost feature of EVMs.

The meeting was attended by members of Sub-committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms including Syed Naveed Qamar, Naeema Kishwar Khan and Dr Arif Alvi. Officials from ECP, NADRA and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) were also present in the meeting.

 

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