Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Sunday said the commission did not close the option of using Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the next parliamentary election.
"We have not closed the door of using EVM in polls. If the government cooperates with us, it's possible to use EVM in the next polls after talks with the political parties," he said while unveiling the Election Commission's (EC) roadmap for the next (11th) parliamentary election at a function in the city.
Election Commissioners Begum Kabitra Khanom, Mahabub Talukderm Rafiqul Islam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and Secretary of the EC Secretariat Mohammad Abdullha were present in the meeting held at the auditorium of EC Agargaon.
The CEC said the commission would take all legal actions if it faces any obstruction to work fairly after declaration of polls schedule.
"The EC has no rights to interfere in any government activities before the announcement of (polls) schedule ... It would work according to the laws and rules after declaration of schedule," he added.
Huda said the EC would be able to hold the next elections free from any sort of influence of the government and other political parties as well as local and international agencies.
"We are optimistic that we can hold the next elections in a free and fair manner under the present government," the CEC added.
According to the roadmap, the EC will hold dialogues with civil society members on July 31, Huda said, adding the EC will sit with journalists in August and with 40 registered political parties in August and September.
The EC will also hold talks with the election observer organizations, woman leaders and election experts in October.-BSS