EC calls for bigger and bolder indelible voting mark on forefinger

  • Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2015 02:14 IST

The indelible ink mark on your forefinger signifying participation in democracy will now be ‘bigger and bolder’, helping you show it prominently in a selfie.

The Election Commission (EC) has asked all chief electoral officers to ensure that henceforth, the mark is prominent enough to prevent it from being erased by impersonators and is visible from a distance.

The reason for the EC’s instruction was complaints that minimum application of the ink by polling officers helped impersonators remove it and make an attempt to vote again.

Several people in Mewat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls had claimed to have voted but the mark was not visible, leading to re-polling in certain areas.

Earlier, the only instruction issued to polling officers was that the ink should be applied on the forefinger of the left hand. However, the practice will change now as the instructions issued last week say the ink will have to be applied with a brush instead of a wooden stick, from the tip of the nail till the first joint on one’s forefinger.

“The mark will be one inch long on the nail and skin of the forefinger and erasing it will not be possible,” a senior EC official said.

The EC has asked the polling official in-charge of the control unit (of the Electronic Voting Machine) to ensure that the ink is intact on the finger of electors before pressing the ballot button.

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