Biometric voting: Plea to stop ECP from buying Indian machines

Published: September 24, 2016
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Indian companies, including Indra Kamra, Reliance and Morpho, took part in the bidding process and might be asked to provide the electronic machines. PHOTO: AFP

Indian companies, including Indra Kamra, Reliance and Morpho, took part in the bidding process and might be asked to provide the electronic machines. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: A resident of Lahore has taken the top electoral authority to court for its impending decision to purchase electronic voting machines from an Indian company.

Munir Ahmad filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court on Friday against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The polling body has decided to hold the next elections through biometrics and has invited bidding for the electronic machines from national and international companies.

Local firms were not able to qualify for the bidding. Munir alleged the voting process was a sensitive matter and if such electronic machines were used in the elections, the appliances might be used to gather data for the country of origin.

He said Indian companies, including Indra Kamra, Reliance and Morpho, took part in the bidding process and might be asked to provide the electronic machines.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2016.

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