E-voting machine to be presented in parliament next month: Shibli

Published June 10, 2021
Information Minister Shibli Faraz addresses a press conference in Islamabad. — PID/File
Information Minister Shibli Faraz addresses a press conference in Islamabad. — PID/File

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz said on Wednesday that the new electronic voting machine would be presented in the parliament and for citizens’ view next month.

His was talking to the media after a seminar arranged by Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) to celebrate the World Accreditation Day under the theme “Accreditation; Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The federal minister said that the use of the voting machine in elections would bring transparency in results. He expressed the hope that the features of the voting machine would be approved by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Shibli Faraz said as the economy was on the track, there would be no new taxes in the budget.

Despite the difficulties faced by the country during the last two years, Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team remained steadfast, which has resulted into improved economic growth and exports.

The minister observed that around 3,500 to 4,000 megawatts of electricity was being wasted due to the faulty electronic devices. “We can save 75pc of electricity through standardisation of electronic devices,” he remarked.

Earlier, speaking at the event, The minister said that Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) could play vital role in improving the quality of exports items of the country.

This institution could contribute to bring Pakistani products up to international standard.

“We have to take Pakistan forward and make the institutions functional through improving their efficiency and quality,” he added.

The minister expressed his commitment to re-activate the 17 institutions under the ministry to ensure their contribution to the development of the country.

Published in Dawn, June 10th, 2021

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