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Voters to be inked with marker pens!
Posted on: 23-11-2015 , 11:50:AM | DY365 Bureau

Nov 23, 2015- Marker pens could soon replace bottle and brush at polling booths for marking index fingers of voters with indelible ink.
The Election Commission has started "testing" the marker pens, as replacement for bottles of indelible ink and brushes. Indelible ink has been an integral part of Indian elections since 1962.
The move to go for marker pens was initiated following feedback the EC received from voters, especially the youth, that marking done by brushes is not neat. The other major reason is that pens will be easier to store and transport than bottle along with a brush.
"We are currently testing the marker pens. No final decision has been taken yet on their large-scale use. Much will depend on the results," said an EC official.
A Karnataka government undertaking, Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited provides the famous indelible ink to all states in India and even some foreign countries.
In 1962, the Election Commission, in collaboration with Law Ministry, National Physical Laboratory and National Research Development Corporation, made an agreement with Mysore Paints for supply of indelible ink for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Since then, it has been supplying the ink for elections in India.



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