EVMs to deprive 3.2m visually impaired voters of voting right: Shibli

EVMs to deprive 3.2m visually impaired voters of voting right: Shibli

News Desk

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz Wednesday said that 3.2 million visually impaired people will not be able to cast their vote in the next general elections if Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used.
Faraz drew attention to the matter through a written response to MNA Noreen Farooq Ibrahim’s question.
He informed the National Assembly in his reply that the EVMs don’t have the braille feature for the visually impaired people to cast a vote. Braille feature is a reading and writing system for blind and vision impaired people, made up of raised dots that can be read by touch. “The new directive must be issued to the Election Commission if we need to bring this feature to the EVMs’ system,” said Faraz.
He further stated in his reply that some of the polling stations will not even have ramps for people with disabilities. There has been a heated debate between the government, the Opposition, and other stakeholders over the use of EVMs, with the Centre claiming it is a way forward to make the elections in the country transparent.