ECNEC okays fund Tk 3,825.34 crore project to procure 1.5 lack EVMs

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MT Online Desk: The government Tuesday approved the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) project at Tk 38.25 billion cost along with 13 other projects The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday cleared a Tk 3,825.34 crore project to procure 1.5 lakh electronic voting machines (EVMs).The approval came from the weekly Ecnec meeting held at the NEC conference room with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The project titled ‘Procurement, Preservation and Use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) Aiming at Bringing More Transparency in the Electoral System’ will be implemented by June 2023.Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the Prime Minister said EVMs should initially be used in urban areas as the number of educated people in cities and towns is higher.The Prime Minister said EVMs should gradually be used across the country, the Prime Minister added. Mustafa Kamal said, “Today, Ecnec approved a total of 14 projects with the total estimated cost of Tk 12,544.94 crore.” Planning Minister Kamal at the briefing said the Prime Minister has suggested the authorities concerned to use the EVM gradually in the coming elections. According to the proposed draft, the EC will complete the purchase of the machine and complete all necessary works by June 2023

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