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EC asks electoral officer to not give indelible ink to banks in poll-bound Goa

“We have got clear directions from the EC not to make available indelible ink to banks,” Goa chief electoral officer Kunal told reporters here.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2016 20:23 IST
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An Indian woman has her finger inked with indelible ink after exchanging withdrawn Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes at a bank in Chennai.(AFP Photo)

The Election Commission has asked the Goa chief electoral officer not to provide indelible ink to banks to avoid any confusion in the poll- bound state.

“We have got clear directions from the EC not to make available indelible ink to banks,” Goa chief electoral officer Kunal told reporters here.

Kunal said the EC has decided to keep a close watch on supply of the ink in Goa, where Assembly election schedule is yet to be announced.

The IAS officer said life of the ink, supplied by a Mysore -based firm, is restricted to two-three weeks only.

“But to avoid any confusion during elections, we will monitor the supply and usage of ink once the poll code comes into force.”

The RBI has said a small mark of indelible ink -- used during polls to prevent multiple voting -- will be applied on the right hand index finger of customers exchanging defunct Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for valid bills at banks.

The central bank took the measure to stop repeat money exchangers thronging banks with invalid currency notes and reduce the rush of customers.

The EC gets stock of indelible ink at the time of elections.

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