Fawad Chaudhry’s Ministry Develops E-Voting Machine – Are Fair Polls Possible In Pakistan?


Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry confirmed his ministry has developed a technology for electronic voting. A technology that would be transferred to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) soon to ensure transparency.

Chaudhry said the machine had two parts. The first part will have election symbols while the second will be with the presiding officer.

According to him, only a presiding officer would be able to turn on the machine. Meanwhile, voters would be able to cast their vote by clicking on any symbol through the machine.

He said clicking on the election symbol would be an electric vote cast, accoridng to APP.

“Not only electric vote casting can be done through the machine but also ballot paper can be printed”, Chaudhry added.

He said the electronic machine could be used for casting votes on ballot papers.

The minister announced that the work on the electronic voting machine was in the final stages. The National Database Registration Authority, the National University of Science and Technology, and COMSATS could share the machine soon.

Chaudhry said his ministry and the National Institute of Electronics did a great job by developing such a machine.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed the ministry to develop such a machine to ensure fair and transparent elections. It is necessary to convert to the electronic voting system to avoid rigging in elections. But, is it possible in Pakistan? Time will tell.

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