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President directs for preparing prototype of Electronic Voting Machine

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has asked the concerned stakeholders to prepare a prototype of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) for presentation to the Federal Cabinet and members of the National Assembly after Eid-ul-Fitr.

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The president was chairing a meeting of the Sub-Committee on Emerging Technologies on I-Voting at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Minister for IT & Telecom (IT&T) Syed Amin-ul-Haque, the Minister for Railways Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, the Minister for Science and Technology Senator Syed Shibli Faraz, the Secretary IT&T, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, the Acting Chairman NADRA Brig (retd) Khalid Latif, the Director-General (IT) Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Khizer Aziz, and senior officials of the government.

The Minister for Science and Technology Senator Syed Shibli Faraz updated the meeting about the progress made so far with regard to developing a prototype of the Electronic Voting Machine.

The president said that modern voting solutions such as I-Voting and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would increase accessibility, speed-up the processing of results on the poll day and ensure transparency in the General Elections.

President Arif Alvi said that he would engage Parliamentarians and members of the political parties to support the introduction of EVMs in the upcoming general elections.

The president also expressed the desire to consult the Chief Election Commissioner and members of the ECP for the early materialization of EVMs, Biometric Verification Machines, and I-Voting systems for overseas Pakistanis.

The Acting Chairman NADRA Brig (retd) Khalid Latif assured the meeting that NADRA would provide full support to the I-Voting system.

The president also underlined the need for expediting the I-Voting process for Overseas Pakistanis enabling them to register and cast their votes through the internet in a convenient manner.

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