EVM simple machine, people won’t have difficulty in understanding it: Hasaan Khawar
EVM simple machine, people won’t have difficulty in understanding it: Hasaan Khawar

LAHORE: Clarifying on objections of the opposition leaders against use of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) in general elections, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab for Information and Spokesperson Punjab Government Hasaan Khawar said the EVM was a simple machine and people would not have difficulty in understanding it.

Addressing at a ceremony in Lahore, Hasaan Khawar said the EMV had nothing to do with internet and neither could it be hacked.

“Three-fourths population of Pakistan will be using smartphones by 2023. So, can those who can use smartphones cannot use a machine?” he wondered.

He said it was imperative for the countries with high population to use the EVMs, though the countries with less population could hold elections without the machines as well.

“Why is the opposition running away from the EVM? False news are being spread about the voting machines to mislead the masses. Old methods of the opposition’s rigging will no longer work,” he said.

On Nov 19, a day after the Election Commission of Pakistan had expressed uncertainty over electronic voting machines in the next general elections, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Syed Agha Rafiullah had criticised the government saying that the institution which is responsible for using the machines was itself unaware of how to use them.

Syed Rafiullah had said the use of EVMs in the next general elections was a farce.

“It could be Imran Khan’s wish but it is not feasible. No one knows how many machines or the workforce that will be required to use these machines. It’s extremely impossible to make use of these voting machines,” he had said.

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