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President Alvi emphasises importance of EVMs as controversy mars election

Says the machines could have prevented the ongoing crisis
The picture shared on October 25, 2023, shows Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi. APP/File
The picture shared on October 25, 2023, shows Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi. APP/File

President Dr. Arif Alvi on Saturday said that usage of the Electronic Voting Machines (ECMs) in the recently held election could have prevented the controversy surrounding the election.

“Remember ‘our’ long struggle for Electronic Voting Machines. EVM had paper ballots that could be counted separately by hand (like it is being done today) BUT it also had a simple electronic calculator/counter of each vote button pressed,” he wrote in a post on X.

According to President Alvi, the totals of every candidate would have been available and printed within five minutes after the culmination of the polling process.

He said that the effort which included more than 50 meetings at the Presidency alone, to install the EVMs was scuttled.

“Had EVMs been there today, my dear beloved Pakistan would have been spared this crisis,” he added.

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