LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif has rejected the proposal to use electronic voting machine in next elections.
Shahbaz Sharif said in a statement that the electronic voting system was rejected by the whole world, the Election Commission has also declared the electronic machine as a failure. Electoral reforms are undertaken with the consultations of all key stakeholders, the public's opinion and by developing a consensus, he added.
Shahbaz Sharif further said that PML-N had carried out electoral reforms in consultation with all political parties including PTI in 2018. No one had any reservations with the electoral reforms undertaken during our era, he said.
Sharif said when the Opposition wanted to sit with the government to discuss the Charter of Economy and provide it positive recommendations, the authorities were not ready to listen to it.
"At that time, [the government] started insulting the Opposition by using the NRO slogan," he said.
The PML-N leader said bringing about electoral reforms was possible, adding that to do that, the Opposition should be taken on board and the government must demonstrate a willingness to adopt the recommendations provided by the Opposition.
Shahbaz Sharif further said that the country's dignity is increased by justice, transparency and rule of law, not by electronic voting machines, instead of electronic voting government should worry about the devastated economy, inflation and unemployment.