President Dr. Arif Alvi has remarked that had electronic voting machines (EVMs) been utilized, Pakistan could have averted the current election crisis.
Taking to social media, President Alvi highlighted the delay in election results during general elections and stressed the importance of remembering their prolonged efforts for EVMs.
He noted that in the past, ballot papers were manually counted, as is still being done today. However, with EVMs, a simple electronic calculator/counter could have been included, enabling swift counting with results available within five minutes of polling closure.
President Alvi expressed regret over the failure of their extensive efforts, which included over 50 meetings in the Presidential Palace. He lamented that if EVMs had been in use today, his beloved Pakistan would have been spared from this crisis.
The country is currently undergoing the process of announcing results after polling held on February 8th.
In the general elections of 2024, preliminary and unofficial results indicate that independent candidates lead with 100 seats in the National Assembly. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has secured 73 seats, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has won 54 seats.
Additionally, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) has secured 17 seats, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) each have 3 seats, while Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and Muttahida Unity Movement (MWM) have secured 2 seats each. Furthermore, the Council of United Muslims (CUM) has won one seat.
These results indicate a diverse representation in the National Assembly, reflecting the country’s democratic process and the varied political landscape.