ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Science and Technology has excused from the Election Commission of Pakistan for not providing the electronic voting machine’s (EVM) source code right away.
The ECP had sought details of electronic voting machine’s hardware and software.
According to the Ministry of Science, even electronic voting machine’s construction design cannot be given immediately. Construction design and source code were at risk of being theft, said the ministry.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz said that technical information would be provided after the agreement with the companies. He said he did not refuse to provide information to the election commission, but gave concrete reasons.
It should be noted that the government has decided to get the voting machines examined by international analysts. The Ministry of Science and Technology has also invited Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) and PILDAT for inspection of electronic voting machines.
The federal government wants to use the electronic voting machine for the next general election, on which the ECP has expressed reservations.
Talking to media outside the Election Commission of Pakistan headquarters in Islamabad, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Wednesday said the government was striving to ensure transparency and fairness in the next general elections but the opposition parties were not extending cooperation on electoral reforms.
He asked the PML-N and PPP to submit the details of their foreign funding accounts to the ECP as both the parties had so far failed to submit the details.
The minister of state said the ECP should treat all political parties equally and as per requirements of the constitution.
To a query about proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority, Farrukh Habib said the Authority will protect the rights of media workers and that the genuine journalists were in favor of it.