The Election Commission (EC) is planning to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all the centers for the 12th parliamentary elections. In this case, the organization has decided to develop technical school-college teachers as master trainers to build skilled manpower to operate the voting machine.
Sources said the decision was taken at a recent meeting. The minutes of the meeting, signed by the EC secretary, said the teachers would be trained as master trainers in polytechnic institutes, vocational institutes and school-college information and communication technology.EVM master trainer .
The Election Commission also trained some teachers in June 2020. However, there were no technical teachers. Among the ICT teachers of the school-college who skill. a total of 5,190 teachers train in each Upazila. Officials at the EC said what happens at the time was very limited. Besides, there were no teachers with technical knowledge in it. The present initiative takes on a large scale.EVM master trainer
Officials from the EC’s election management branch said about 130,000 polling officials would be on duty at 40,000 polling stations for the parliamentary elections. Those who want to vote in EVM must give training.
In this case, it is not possible for EC officials to train so many polling officials. Therefore, Polytechnic, Vocational teachers, and ICT knowledgeable school-college teachers from every region of the country will train as master trainers. They will later train other polling officials locally.
In 2010, the then commission headed by ATM Shamsul Huda started introducing machine voting in the country. At that time they made about 12 hundred EVMs from the Bangladesh University of Engineering for 12 thousand rupees. The commission was successful in voting with this machine. EVM master trainer
Later, when the commission headed by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed
went to cast its vote in the Rajshahi city elections in 2015, a machine broke down. The commission could not fix the machine later. Even the cause of the cripple recover. As a result, they decided to destroy those machines and make new and advanced technology EVMs.
Following the decision of the present commission of KM Nurul Huda, in continuation of that decision, 220,000 EVMs manufacturer from Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory. For this, a project worth Tk 4,500 crore take up. Under this project, the Election Commission has purchased about 1 lakh 20 thousand EVMs. More than 34,000 machines are purchase this year.
Although there was no chance of ballot snatching or sealing in the EVM vote, the Election Commission could not bring the confidence of the opposition to the device. Although Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has repeatedly said that it is much better than the previous EVM. This machine cannot hack. The use of EVM will increa in all future elections.
With the new EVM machine, the EC has completed nearly a thousand local government elections, including general elections for six parliamentary seats, several by-elections, several Upazila elections, and several hundred municipal elections. At present, the company is moving ahead with the aim of increasing its use to complete the 12th parliamentary elections in EVMs.