Prime Minister Imran Khan has invited the opposition to hold talks with the government on electoral reforms as the government has finally decided to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the next general elections in 2023.
“The prime minister has categorically told the cabinet that all stakeholders should be consulted for finalising electoral reforms as the use of EVMs is imperative for holding free, fair, transparent and dispute-free elections. The cabinet was also told that a final decision on the use of EVMs in next elections would be made within the next fortnight,” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said at a press conference after a meeting of the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Khan.
However, talking to Dawn later, the minister said it had been decided that EVMs would be used in the next polls but its implementation would start over the next 15 days.
Interestingly, if the government has decided to use EVMs in the next general elections, any talks with the opposition will be useless as the latter has already rejected the option.