LAHORE: Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has rejected the government’s proposal to use electronic voting machines.
The former Punjab Chief Minister said, “Electronic voting system has been declared a failure by the whole world,” adding that electoral reforms are carried out with the opinion of all major stakeholders, public opinion and consensus.
He said that PML-N has carried out electoral reforms in 2018 through consultation with all political parties of the country including PTI. “No one had any reservations about the electoral reforms of our time,” he said.
Criticizing the government, Sharif said that when the opposition wanted to sit down with the government and discuss the Charter of Economy and make positive recommendations to it, the authorities were not ready to listen to it.
“by that time, [the government] He said that NRO started insulting the opposition by chanting slogans.
The PML-N leader said that electoral reforms were possible, adding that in order to do so, the opposition should be taken to task and the government should show readiness to adopt the recommendations provided by the opposition.
He said that implementation of justice, transparency and rule of law instead of electronic voting machines has enhanced the integrity of the country.
“Instead of voting electronically, people should worry about falling into an economy of inflation and unemployment,” he said.
The opposition rejected the proposal to hold the next general election through electronic voting
Most of the opposition parties have earlier rejected the electoral reforms proposed by Prime Minister Imran Khan in full force: Introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the next general elections.
The opposition argues that anything that is controlled and manipulated by others and can be manipulated to manipulate election results is unacceptable and unacceptable. He added that he would strongly oppose the introduction of EVMs in Parliament.
The Prime Minister has not only supported the use of EVMs but President Dr. Arif Alvi has also held several meetings to promote the use of voting machines in the upcoming elections. They have also been given demonstrations of machines, which have been developed by local government-run agencies. However, none of them bothered to include any opposition party on the board in this important debate.
When contacted, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, a former speaker and prominent PML-N leader, told The News, “The countries where EVMs have been tested and tested are already paper belts. Have returned to or are returning to the old system for various reasons. “
He said that during his tenure as Speaker, two delegations have visited foreign countries to study the EVM system. One of them is Dr. Arif Alvi.
“An economically strapped country like Pakistan cannot afford billions and billions of rupees to buy hundreds of thousands of EVMs. In addition, due to technical issues, the country is struggling to keep EVMs active on polling day. We cannot ensure uninterrupted power supply and internet service in Pakistan, ”the former speaker said. “We have to consider our resources and capabilities.”