Alexa HC asks whether EVM passed in JS

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HC asks whether EVM passed in JS

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:42 PM, 21 January 2020   Updated: 05:30 PM, 21 January 2020

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The High Court has directed the state prosecutor to inform whether the Ordinance-2018 on Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) has been passed in Parliament.

The High Court Bench comprising Justice M. Inayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the after a hearing in this regard on Tuesday.

On January 9, a writ petition was filed in the High Court seeking direction not to hold the election with EVMs. At the same time, a Supreme Court lawyer filed a writ challenging the validity of the ordinance EVM-2018 and its rules. The Cabinet Secretary, the President's Secretary, the Secretary of the Law Ministry and the Chairman of the Election Commission were made a defendant.

According to the writ, EVM laws have not been passed in Parliament and according to RPO Article 26, EVM was not compulsory. So this law was not necessary. This is confrontational with Article 93 of the Constitution.