Home News Out of 150,000, 100,000 EVMEs are damaged

Out of 150,000, 100,000 EVMEs are damaged

Out of 150,000, 100,000 EVMEs are damaged

Out of 150,000, 100,000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been destroyed. The price of which is about two and a half thousand crore rupees. The remaining 40,000 are also on the verge of becoming useless. Although these machines have a lifespan of 10 years, they are all dead within five years.

One and a half lakh EVMs were purchased before the 11th Parliament elections in 2018. Each EVM costs Tk 2 lakh 35 thousand. In all, the Election Commission (EC) spends 3 thousand 8 billion rupees. That year only six constituencies had EVM voting.

After that, the EC wanted to vote in EVMs in 150 seats in the 12th parliamentary elections on January 7, 2024. Allocation wanted about 9 thousand crore rupees. But the money was not received, and the vote was not cast in the EVM.

Government assets, these one and a half lakh EVMs are lying in disrepute. The machines which were supposed to take votes for 10 years have become obsolete in five years. Only 40,000 EVMs out of 150,000 are now alive. The loss is about two and a half thousand crore rupees.

In this context, EVM project director Colonel Syed Rakibul Hasan said that these 1 lakh 10 thousand EVMs were destroyed because proper maintenance was not possible.

The EVM project is ending in June. But no one is moving about the machines yet. Even the EC or project officials are not thinking about machines worth thousands of crores of rupees.

Colonel Syed Rakibul Hasan also said that if the electronic device is not maintained properly, even if it has a 10-year term, it may fail due to various reasons.

The Election Commission also does not want to withdraw the broken EVMs. In the end, it is feared that 4000 crores worth of wealth will be wasted.

In this regard, the Election Commissioner said. Alamgir said that there is nothing to be done with the damaged EVMs if they do not get the allocation. Apart from this, EC has no plans to buy new EVMs in the future.

About 1,400 elections were conducted in EVMs including parliament, local and by-elections. And almost two and a half million voters voted.