Election Commission to send EVM technical team to Pakistan

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New Delhi, Jan 28 (ANI): The Election Commission of India will send a technical team to Pakistan to demonstrate the Indian Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) following a request made by the Pakistani Election Commission.

The team from EVM manufacturing companies BEL and ECIL will be deputed next month.

The matter came up during a bilateral meeting between the three member Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. S Y Quraishi and the visiting delegation from Pakistan led by their Chief Election Commissioner Justice Hamid Ali Mirza in New Delhi.

The Pakistan Election Commission is actively considering the introduction of EVMs in their elections and is looking at various options.

Justice Mirza, while commending the various achievements of the Election Commission of India in election management, expressed a desire for close collaboration between both Commissions.

Dr Quraishi assured the Pakistan side of sharing of all expertise and of other necessary support.

The Election Commissions of Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Afghanistan, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, USA and Russia and the head of the US based International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) met the Election Commission separately after the launch of the National Voters' Day on January 25 to seek support and mutual collaboration in electoral management.

Several visiting commissions commended the National Voters Day as an outstanding and innovative initiative and wanted to introduce the concept in their respective countries. (ANI)

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