Legislation required on use of EVM in elections: IHC
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday disposed of the petition against holding of Elections 2023 through an electronic voting machine (EVM) from the government and said that the legislation was required from Parliament for the use of it.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued a three-page written decision on the petition of the advocate Tariq Asad against holding general elections through the EVMs.
In the decision, the court said that it had no doubt that the Parliament would take a decision to make the law following the interest of the people after considering all the concerns about the machine.
The court further said in a decision that the use of EVM in elections was not a strange act as many countries were already practicing it.
The court said that the use of EVMs was required a legislation from the parliament, which was yet to be debated, adding that the applicant's concerns at this stage were premature.
In the decision, the court said that it had no reason to doubt that the parliament would not look into all relevant matters and decide the matter in the public interest.
The court decision also said that holding fair and transparent elections was the constitutional responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The court’s decision further said that it was also the responsibility of the ECP to protect the elections from rigging.