I-voting EVS must ensure secrecy: president Alvi

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – July 22, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi, Tuesday, urged that the secrecy of vote and transparency in the I-voting (internet-voting) process must be ensured while developing the electronic voting system (EVS).

According to an official statement, he delivered these remarks while chairing a meeting to review the progress on EVS, in the federal capital.

The president was briefed about the steps being taken for establishing an effective and reliable I-voting system for overseas Pakistanis.

It was apprised that all measures were being taken for the development of a fool-proof voting system.

The president was also briefed about the technical efficacy, secrecy and safety aspects of the system.

The EVS being developed had been pilot tested in the by-elections, the meeting was informed, and an independent evaluation of the system will also be conducted.

The meeting underscored the primacy of putting the system to test prior to poll-day to detect and overcome any technical issues.

President Alvi remarked that an I-voting system has to be transparent so that people develop complete confidence in it.

He highlighted the importance of maintaining voters’ secrecy, and fulfilling all the legal requirements.

President Alvi stressed that the system has to be efficient possessing the technical capacity to cater the large number of overseas voters on poll-day.

The president directed that a committee of experts be formed to assess the technical capacity and reliability of the system and to propose possible solutions.

The report along with recommendations will be presented before the parliament.

The meeting was attended by the information technology and telecommunication (IT-T) secretary Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, secretary to president Tariq Najeeb Najmi, and the national database and registration authority (NADRA) chairman Usman Yousaf Mobin.

The officials from the election commission of Pakistan (ECP) and NADRA were also present.