ECP may not use Bio-metric verification machines in 2018 elections

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad has indicated that electronic voting machines (EVMs) and biometric verification machines will not be used in the 2018 general elections.

Sharing details of the test run of BVMs in the recently held by-election in Lahore’s NA-120 constituency at a press briefing here on Friday, he disclosed that fingerprints of 12 percent voters could not be read by the machines.

He said the number of voters at the time of the next general elections would reach around 100 million. “If the fingerprints of 12 percent voters are not readable for various reasons that time, it means around 12 million voters would not be verified through the technology.”

The machines could not verify fingerprints of 12pc voters in NA-120 by-election, says ECP secretary

He said the percentage could be even more in the country’s rural areas.

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