Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday received a detailed presentation and a demonstration of a new locally-made electronic voting machine (EVM).
Talking to Dawn after the briefing held at the Prime Minister House, federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz said the new machine had been manufactured using indigenous resources and according to the specifications of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Mr Faraz said that the machine had been developed keeping in mind the ground realities and in accordance with the specifications of the ECP, which had previously rejected the use of EVMs on technical grounds.
According to the minister, the new EVM was simple and user-friendly for voters as well as the polling staff and it would eliminate chances of rigging as it could not be bugged or hacked as it would have no operating system and would not be connected to internet. Moreover, he said, the new EVM would also provide complete data of the polled votes for an audit in case of an election dispute.