The Election Commission has said that 250,000 machines will be required during the local body elections in Punjab. If the federal or provincial government builds these machines themselves, then the Election Commission is ready to use EVMs, provided that elections are held within 120 days after the dissolution of local bodies. It is not possible to purchase machines within 120 days.
A meeting was held in the Election Commission under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja in which local government elections in Punjab and constituencies in the province were considered.
According to the statement, the ECP said that there is no objection to the use of EVMs in the local body elections in Punjab. I will need 250,000 machines during the local body elections. If the Election Commission has to make purchases from the market, then it will be under PAPRA rules.
Elections must be held within 120 days after the dissolution of local bodies. It is not possible to purchase the machines within 120 days. Pilot testing of EVMs can also be done in some Village and Neighborhood Councils.
The meeting of the Election Commission chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja was attended by the Chief Secretary Punjab through video link, while the Secretary Local Government Punjab, Provincial Election Commissioner also participated in it.
The ECP said that the meeting discussed local government elections and constituencies in the province.