Kathmandu, 13 July, 2017 : The high-level team of Election Commission (EC) has left for India to study feasibility of Indian Electronic Voting Machines in upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections.
The four-member study team headed by Laxmi Prasad Yadav, EC's IT division chief, has been mandated to study two Indian firms within seven days and present report shortly after returning to Nepal. The team includes election body's foreign relations division chief Nawaraj Dhakal, computer engineer Sameer Thapa and under-secretary Desh Bandhu Adhikari.
According to EC Spokesperson Surya Prasad Sharma, the team will visit Bharat Electronic Limited, Bangalore and Electronic Corporation of India, Hyderabad. Both the companies are certified by the Election Commission of India. Nepal had used machines manufactured by these companies in 2008's Constituent Assembly elections.
As part of digitizing the upcoming provincial and central parliamentary elections, the election body wants to purchase electronic voting machines from India if they are compatible in the Nepalese context. “Our study team has left for India and we will decide whether to purchase the Indian machines or not soon after they return back,” said Spokesperson Sharma.
“Since the government is enforcing threshold provision, the number of parties will not be so high and the Indian machines can work this time,” said Election Commissioner Ishwari Paudyal.