Sayeed Muhammad: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has cleared a Tk 3,825.34 crore project to procure 1.5 lakh electronic voting machines (EVMs) ahead of the polls to be held in the year-end.
The approval came from the weekly Ecnec meeting held at the NEC conference room here with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports UNB.
The project called ‘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 said the premier said EVMs should initially be used in urban areas as the number of educated people in cities and towns is higher.
The PM said EVMs should gradually be used across the country, he said, adding, “Today, Ecnec approved a total of 14 projects with the total estimated cost of Tk 12,544.94 crore.”