ISLAMABAD: In its mission to strengthen the nation’s electoral system, the federal government will reveal digital voting machines (EVMs) within the subsequent 8-10 days, Federal Minister for Science and Know-how Shibli Faraz introduced on Tuesday.
The minister, throughout an off-the-cuff dialog with journalists within the federal capital, mentioned: “The machine will be provided to the Opposition and relevant stakeholders […] and it can be tested anywhere.”
Offering particulars, the federal minister mentioned the machine can be user-friendly and would have the ability to perform for 2 days after being charged.
“There is no chance of the votes going to waste through EVMs,” he mentioned.
The science minister mentioned that every EVM would value round Rs65,000 to Rs80,000, whereas it might perform in excessive temperatures — 55°C to -10°C — as effectively.
The Nationwide College of Sciences and Know-how and COMSATS College Islamabad are among the many three establishments engaged on the EVMS.
“There will be a paper ballot along with the electronic voting record […] the paper used for paper ballots can be utlised for a total period of five years,” he mentioned.
Within the coming days, we will make 2,000 machines every day, he mentioned, including that the federal government is making an attempt to make waterproof machines.
The minister mentioned the federal government would check the EVMs in by-elections, whereas a complete of 400,000 machines can be required for the final elections.
The science minister mentioned he didn’t know a lot about ventilators earlier, however after he was briefed about it, he realized that the locally-developed ones didn’t meet worldwide requirements.
Speaking in regards to the authorities’s plans, he mentioned 500,000 children can be made acquainted with the utilization of contemporary expertise — and as soon as they’re acquainted with it, the federal government will assist them get jobs overseas.
‘EVM solely resolution for clear elections’
Shibli, a day earlier, had mentioned that EVMs had been the one resolution to conduct free, truthful, and clear elections within the nation.
The incumbent authorities has at all times invited the Opposition events to speak on electoral reforms with suggestions and solutions to make sure transparency within the election course of, he had mentioned whereas speaking to a personal information channel.
The minister mentioned that each PPP and PML-N had been displaying non-serious attitudes over electoral reforms and urged them to play a constructive position by addressing the problems of nationwide significance within the Parliament.
He termed the Parliament as the most effective discussion board to make laws or resolve public points, including the federal government was dedicated to giving the appropriate of vote to abroad Pakistanis.
— Further enter from APP