Cabinet sets up ministerial body for EVMs in 2023 polls


ISLAMABAD: A ministerial body was set up by the federal cabinet to deal with the issue of usage of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the upcoming polls of 2023, here on Tuesday.

Controversial laws regarding electoral reforms were passed last week at the joint sitting of the parliament by the government with the opposition members calling it evil and vicious and staging a walk-out in protest.

The five-member ministerial body includes Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan, Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz, Minister for Information Technology Aminul Haq, Railways Minister Azam Swati and the attorney general.

The body has been tasked with clearing the air with regards to the electoral reforms for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The ECP had expressed concerns regarding the electoral reforms last week.

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the federal cabinet meeting wherein several other issues were also discussed. The ongoing Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar controversy was also discussed in the meeting.

The cabinet deemed the alleged Nisar’s audio leak ‘fake’ and declared it the work of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz’s social media team.

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