Islamabad: the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) said Friday, Expressing its position on electronic voting machines (EVMs) and I-Voting, any improvement to the election laws should be made through a political agreement, not just through a majority election. The network said The system managed that any amendment through a majority vote would take into question the legitimacy of any forthcoming election and would be counterproductive. The bill provides the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) procurement of Electronic Voting Machines for counting votes in common elections without full consideration of its legal, managerial, and administrative impressions.
(2): The selection of technology and variety of machines to be taken have been left to the ECP but externally a requirement that the machines to be obtained should sufficiently respond to the current provisions of the Elections Act, 2017 viz-a-viz polling and computing methods as provided for in parts 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89 and 90. (3): The election notice should not be changed to change the boundaries of technology to be obtained and neither should the voting and adding provisions as included under parts 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, and 90 be adjusted through variations in the laws.
(4). The bill is also unclear on whether ECP can get technology that involves equipment of voter verification as presented for in 84(2) of the Elections 2021 Act. The act demands ECP allow overseas Pakistanis to practice their right to vote in their nation of the apartment only during common elections through any averages developed with the help from NADRA or any other authority or power. The bill clearly shows the intention of the government that an IT-based system is developed for this purpose. The act requires critical questions concerning voting across Pakistanis.