Use of technology in polls ECP eyes meeting with political parties Wants to take stakeholders on board

Staff Reporter

The ECP, in a statement, said a meeting between the body and the Ministry of Science and Technology was held on Wednesday, where the latter was scheduled to display a prototype of the electronic voting machine (EVM).

However, the ministry has sought more time and said the final works on the machine would conclude by the third week of July, and after that, it would be handed over to the ECP. PDM has rejects ‘one-sided’ electoral reforms, announces fresh wave of protests.

The ECP told the ministry that it appreciates its help, but it would also take relevant stakeholders — the people and political parties — on board before it transitions towards electronic voting.

In a separate meeting, the secretary and officials of the science ministry and representatives from a Spanish consultancy firm gave a briefing to ECP officials on NADRA’s internet voting system.

The meeting compared NADRA’s internet voting system to France, Estonia, and Mexico. The meeting was informed that France had stopped using the i-voting system, while Estonia and Mexico were still using it

The consultancy firm informed ECP officials that NADRA’s system was not up to the mark and recommended technological changes to it.

Later, the chief election commissioner summoned a meeting next week to deliberate over the detailed report provided to the ECP by the Spanish consultancy firm.