It’s up to govt to purchase voting machine: EC Yadav

Published On: February 9, 2017 06:55 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Chief Commissioner of the Election Commission (EC) has said that it is up to the government to buy an electronic voting machine.

Chief Commissioner Yadav has said so following the Republica news reports that the government was going to buy the electronic voting machine from a controversial British company without calling for bids.

“We will purchase the machine only after fulfilling the due procedure. The government reserves the right to purchase the voting machine,” Yadav said while speaking at an interaction organized by Reporters Club Nepal today. “There are no voting machines in Nepal.”

Nepali companies have been saying that Nepal should give priority to the Nepali products.

Yadav stressed buying the Machine from abroad arguing that those assembled in Nepal lack certification.

 Republica English daily had reported that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and EC Yadav reached an understanding to purchase an electronic machine from the British Smartmatic Company.


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