Federal Minister for Science and Expertise Shibli Faraz. Picture: Geo.television

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Expertise Shibli Faraz Wednesday stated that utilizing Digital Voting Machines within the subsequent common elections will deprive  3.2 million visually impaired folks of the fitting to vote.

The minister introduced the matter to the fore whereas responding to a query requested by MNA Noreen Farooq Ibrahim in the course of the Nationwide Meeting session.

Faraz, in his written reply submitted to the NA, stated that the EVMs lack the braille function that permits the visually impaired folks to solid a vote.

“New directives have to be issued to the Election Fee of Pakistan if we have to add the function to the EVMs’ system,” he stated.

He additional acknowledged in his reply that a number of the polling stations won’t even have ramps for folks with disabilities.

There was a heated debate between the federal government, the Opposition, and different stakeholders over using EVMs, with the Centre claiming it’s a approach ahead to make the elections within the nation clear.

It’s pertinent to say that Faraz has at all times emphasised why the nation ought to shift to the brand new technique of polling below the government-backed electoral reforms.

‘Subsequent elections will probably be held via EVMs in any respect prices’

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Imran Khan had stated that the following common elections could be held via the EVMs in any respect prices.

“We’ll give abroad Pakistanis the fitting to vote, subsequently, they need to be prepared,” the premier stated whereas addressing PTI’s core committee on Thursday.

In the course of the assembly, the premier directed the committee members to finish the continuing improvement initiatives quickly and inform folks of their respective constituencies concerning the progress.

The prime minister, shedding mild on different issues, stated: “Inflation is a worldwide subject and Pakistan has much less inflation as in comparison with different nations.”

‘Digital voting ‘finest’ resolution to rigging in elections’

For the reason that improvement of EVMs, Faraz has been vouching that the “EVMs can’t be hacked”. He has reiterated on a number of events that EVMs are the “finest” resolution to rigging in elections.

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