‘It cannot stop rigging,’ ECP says after rejecting EVMs

Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Electronic voting machines (EVMs) cannot stop rigging in elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan said Tuesday, as it rejected the government's proposal to use them during polls.
There has been a heated debate between the government, the Opposition, and other stakeholders over the use of EVMs, with the Centre claiming it is a way forward to make the elections in the country transparent.
"The EVMs cannot be used to conduct free and transparent elections in line with the Constitution," the ECP said during a meeting of a parliamentary committee of the Senate.
The ECP, explaining why the EVMs could not stop rigging, said it can be hacked, the machine can be easily tampered with, and the software can be easily changed.
The machine can misuse state power, and it cannot prevent horse-trading, the ECP maintained.
"There is no secrecy of the voter in the electronic voting machine; there is a lack of transparency; testing time before the next general election is less; stakeholders are not on board; people have not been taken into confidence," the ECP said, as it raised its objections.
The ECP highlighted it did not have enough funding to roll out the machines throughout the country, and it also asked the government how can it be sure of the machine's transparency.