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Introduce online voting system for fair polls: CEC

Himalayan News Service

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav speaking at a two-day workshop on election-related dispute settlement procedures in Rajbiraj, Saptari, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Photo: THT

Rajbiraj, December 5

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has asked the country to prepare to adopt online voting system to ensure free and fair elections.

“There were vote-related disputes at a number of places in the past elections. If we don’t want to see such disputes  repeat in future, we must adopt online voting system for the upcoming elections,” said CEC  Yadav after inaugurating a two-day  workshop on consultation for election-related disputes settlement  procedures formation organised by the EC in Rajbiraj from today.

Further, describing free and fair elections as the major precondition for a healthy democracy, Yadav observed that online voting system would help strengthen democracy. “As online voting system will prevent vote-related fraud, we need to implement it sooner than later, so there is no option to embracing it, at least considering how senior citizens and physically disabled persons fared during the elections in the past,” he added.

The programme was attended by political party representatives, rights activists, journalists, officials, among others. It is expected to provide valuable suggestions regarding measures for ensuring free and fair elections in future.


A version of this article appears in print on December 06, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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