India, our next-door neighbor, is the world’s largest democracy, with over 900 million voters. It began electronic voting pilots in 1982 and continued to improve the technology until it was adopted nationwide in 2004. In today’s national elections, 1.4 million battery-operated electronic voting machines the size of a suitcase are programmed to equip over a million polling stations.
When votes were marked outside of the designated box, there were revelations regarding concerns with accuracy not only with punch-card ballots, but also with optically scanned paper ballots. Despite the fact that the majority of jurisdictions ran well, high-profile examples involving razor-thin margins emphasized the need for increased accuracy and led to a nationwide agreement to upgrade voting technology and restore public confidence.
Following the election, several prominent American universities, including Caltech, MIT, and Harvard, as well as the Carter Center, launched programs to suggest electoral reform.
Inspecting Pakistani-made electronic voting machines by our Science & Technology Ministry. Looks like finally we will have elections in Pakistan where all contestants will accept the results . Congratulations to Shibli Faraz and his team. pic.twitter.com/9UySGvhiU0— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 8, 2021
On November 18, the ECP secretary stated that he was doubtful whether EVMs would be used in the next general election. The subject was brought up at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice, and the ECP secretary gave a presentation on the machine to the panel.