Saying that the electronic voting machines can be easily manipulated, BNP has criticized the Election Commission’s decision to use EVMs in the upcoming general elections.
“We reject their decision of introducing EVMs in the national elections,” said BNP senior Moudud Ahmed while speaking at a discussion organized by Youth Forum, a pro-BNP platform, at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.
Moudud, also a standing committee member of BNP, alleged that the government is behind the EC’s such decision.
“I think there’s a big conspiracy behind the move to use the machines for taking votes just three months ahead of the parliamentary polls. The government is directly involved with the plot,” he said.
Moudud refers to Bangladesh Bank’s reserve scam and questioned, “How people can keep confidence in the EVMs in a country where central bank’s reserve was plundered through hacking?”.
Moudud said many countries, including Germany, Italy and Ireland, discarded the use of EVMs in the polls. “Even, 73 percent people in India gave opinions against the EVM use…there’s no country where election was fair and unquestionable using the EVMs.”
He said the move to procure EVMs was taken to indulge in corruption and plunder public money. “Public money will only be wasted by buying the voting machines as those won’t be used in the polls.”
The BNP leader said the government is now trying to keep confidence in machines instead of people as people’s minds cannot be manipulated like machines.
About the efforts of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain to forge a national unity, Moudud said it will turn out to be a successful one as people want all to get united against the current government.
Earlier, at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also opposed the EC’s decision describing EVMs as the magic boxes of vote rigging.
“We think the unilateral decision of using EVMs was taken as part of a master plan to rig votes in the next parliamentary polls,” he observed.
The BNP leader also warned that people with their united efforts will foil the government’s all ‘evil plans’ to manipulate the next election.