ECP’s DG for IT is concerned about the credibility of EVMs

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  • ECP computer analysts claim that the buttons of the EVM can be rendered dysfunctional by pouring strong liquid glue on them.
  • Shibli Faraz briefs senators on EVMs at the Standing Senate Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
  • The use of these EVMs in the next election will be “like a plane crash or a train wreck”, says Farooq H Naek.

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Director General for Information Technology (IT) has shared the technical analysis of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) with the Standing Senate Committee on Parliamentary Affairs and expressed serious concerns about the “credibility of EVMs”. “

The ECP’s IT department said in its analysis that EVM buttons can be rendered dysfunctional by “pouring strong liquid glue into them.”

The analysis was presented at the standing committee meeting on Monday.

During the meeting, Federal Minister of Science and Technology Shibli Faraz briefed the senators on the newly developed EVMs and also gave a demonstration of their use.

“EVMs are the only way to avoid rigging controversy in elections,” Faraz said.

At that time, opposition and government members of the Senate engaged in a row over the use of EVMs in the upcoming election.

Senator Farooq H Naek asked how EVMs would prevent a fake voter from casting a fake vote.

He said even developed countries like Germany and Britain have stopped using EVMs.

“The use of these EVMs in the next election will be like a plane crash or a train wreck,” Naek said.

Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar said that in a country where even the prime minister’s cell phone can be hacked and foreign companies get the development contracts for EVMs, “how will the use of EVMs be secure”.

Meanwhile, the IT department of ECP said, while sharing its technical analysis, that although EVM makes the voting process transparent, it still has some flaws, as the pilot project shows.

ECP is concerned about the use of EVMs

The ECP leader and members raised concerns about the use of EVMs earlier when a foreign company presented different types of EVMs to the ECP last Tuesday.

However, the foreign company assured the ECP that the EVMs could still be improved in light of their concerns.

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