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Electronic voting machines in Pakistan

In practically other areas of life, technology has reduced human involvement and labour, but when it comes to politics, it has become increasingly politicised. Whether technology should be employed in Pakistani elections is still up for debate. They gave a negative response. There are a number of arguments that could be viewed as having an anti-technology perspective. The need for electronic voting machines (EVMs) is widespread yet unachievable. Since polling is a political issue and election technology is tied to polls, no government has until to this point seriously experimented with EVMs. EVMs are therefore a political issue. The EVMs are not all problem-solving formulas, as some parties have claimed. Although India and Brazil were held up as models of effective technical interventions in elections, Pakistani elections did not have any particular technological prerequisites; their needs were different. For instance, India began employing EVMs only for the purpose of counting votes.

The issue with Pakistan is that we want to acquire the computers first, then determine the rules for using them. This is a bad course of action. In actuality, there has never been a genuine debate in any arena, whether it be among political parties or within the halls of power. According to polls, there is a lack of trust among all the players, including the ECP and the government. Voting machines can reduce costs, but they cannot foster or enhance trust.

Election rules should be changed, needs should be determined, and then the government or political parties should enter the market if they are interested in the EVMs. Despite the fact that poll automation has been available for a while, it is not very well-liked globally. Researchers discover that computers can be tricked and compromised. The EVMs were used in a number of western nations, but they are now all being abandoned. Only four or five nations use them extensively. The expensive price of computers is the reason for giving them up. To be effective and in excellent condition, polling devices require an ecosystem. Their one-time purchase triggers a string of costs, including those for maintenance and storage.

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