Indelible mark on the voter’s finger to be bigger, says ECI

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Indelible mark on the voter’s finger to be bigger, says ECI


News / Election Commission of India   /   Jun 06, 2015
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir Manhas
Kulbir writes about politics, social issues and technology. He has worked in an NGO for several years.

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New Delhi:  In the wake of complaints regarding indelible ink not being applied properly  by poll officials, the Election Commission of India(ECI) has directed that the ink be applied using a brush provided specifically for the purpose.

The ECI’s order has clarified that the ink “will be applied on voter’s finger with the help of brush from top of the nail to the bottom of the first joint of the left forefinger”.  Using the brush, the mark will not only be bigger but bolder and prominent as well.  

The EC said the polling official in-charge of the ‘control unit’ (of electronic voting machine) “shall ensure that mark of the indelible ink is intact on the finger of electors, before pressing the ballot button of control unit”.

The poll body said that it had issued orders because it had received numerous complaints of not applying the ink properly.

“A copy of this instruction may be sent to all district election officers and returning officers. This instruction may also be brought to the notice of all presiding officers and polling officers during trainings for strict compliance. A copy of this instruction shall be kept in the kit of presiding officer given to him while leaving for poll duty,” the Commission said.

It is reported that there have been complaints of officials using match sticks instead of a brush to apply ink. As a result, the ink is barely visible and it is alleged that people try to remove it so they could cast their votes again.  

The EC has also asked the Managing Director of Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd to ensure supply of brushes along with the indelible ink to states and Union Territories immediately.

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