The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, recently announced that Pakistan has built an electronic voting machine to ensure impartiality and transparency in elections while obliterate rigging.
The National Institute of Electronics (NIE), which is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Science and Technology, has developed the machine in collaboration with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI).
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A successful trial run of the e-voting machine was conducted by the NIE under the supervision of the Science Minister. He noted that the machine is divided into two parts — the first contains the election symbols, and the second will be under the authority of the presiding officer who will switch the machine on for the voter to cast their vote.
The voter may choose and click on any of the election symbols in the polling booth.
The minister also observed that the machine is able to print ballot papers in addition to functioning as an e-voting device.
The new e-voting machine has been developed in accordance with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to conduct free and fair elections in the country. Its development is in the final stages, and will soon be used by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).