ECP takes major initiative to introduce biometrics and EVMs on trial basis: Secretary


ISLAMABAD,March 10 (APP) Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken an initiative to equip itself with the latest facilities of biometric and electronic voting systems which would be used during by-elections on trial basis.

Once these EVMs and BVMs machines are delivered by vendors, the same will be used in multiple pilot testing in upcoming bye-elections to see their results, Secretary ECP, Babar Yaqub Fateh Muhammad said this while addressing a contract signing ceremony held to procure Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) here on Friday.

Director General (Admin) and Chairman ECP Internal Committee on EVMs and Biomatric Voting Machines (BVMs), Brig (Retd) Abbas Ali and Chief Executive Officer of M/s Smartmatic International Holding inked the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations for procurement of 150 EVMs.
Giving details, the Secretary ECP said an international tender was floated to acquire EVMs and BVMs last year and six vendors of EVMs and five vendors of BVMs participated during bidding process.

The companies participated included Smartmatic, Secure Tech, Indra, Reliance (Scytl), National Institute of Electronics (NIE) and National Institutional Facilitation Technologies (NIFT).

He said out of them three firms of EVMs were technically qualified i.e. Smartmatic, Indra and Reliance (Scytl) whereas two BVM firms were technically qualified i.e. M/s Secure Tech and M/s Indra.