ECP to use 150 EVM machines in by-polls

Islamabad

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will use 150 electronic voting machines (EVM) on trial basis in up-coming bye-election in constituency NA-4 Peshawar.
Secretary ECP Babar YaqoobFateh Muhammad in a briefing said that the commission has received the provisional report on use of biometric verification machines (BVMs) in NA-120 bye-election in Lahore and a detailed report of the pilot project would be submitted in the parliament for further legislation.
He said that the first pilot project of 100 BVM machines has been initiated in bye-election of NA-120 Lahore in 39 polling stations and 100 polling booths. He said that the total registered voters in these polling stations were 57,265 including 30,979 male and 20,959 female voter.
The data of these voters including pictures and thumb impression were fed in these BVM machines, he added. The preliminary report indicated that 22,181 voters used this machines out of which 19,520 voters were verified through thumb impression successfully while 2,646 voters couldn’t verified, he added.
He said that the ratio of verification of voters through use of BVM machines remained 88 percent while the ratio of non-verification was 12 percent due to different reasons.—INP

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