HC rejects Partho’s writ seeking EVM

HC rejects Partho’s writ seeking EVM

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 05:34 PM, 3 December 2018   Updated: 05:34 PM, 3 December 2018

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

The High Court rejected a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Jatiya Party Chairman Andalib Rahman Partho seeking its directives upon the Election Commission for using EVM at his constituency in the December 30 election.

The High Court bench of Justice Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order on Monday after holding the hearing on the petition.

Following the High Court order, the EC will not set up EVM (Electronic Voting Machine) in his constituency Bhola-1.

On 30 November, Andalib filed an application to EC for use of EVM in his constituency.

In the letter given to the EC, Andalib Partho said, “I strongly urge the use of EVM in Bhola-1 constituency election.”

He also said that he is also willing to bear the necessary expenditure in accordance with government rules.

It is also said that the ruling Awami League is in favor of EVM. Therefore, Awami League candidate of Bhola-1 (Sadar) constituency cannot stand against its’ principally. Meanwhile, the Andalib asked EC to consider of using EVMs.

He mentioned that it would be very sad if the EC did not create equal opportunities in the field of democratic rights.

Later on November 24, the EC announced the use of EVMs in six constituencies in the elections. The constituencies that were selected on the lottery-- Dhaka-6, Dhaka-13, Chattogram-9, Khulna-2, Rangpur-3, and Satkhira-2.