EVM- Erasable Voting Mark

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 12, 2019, 02:53 PM

The indelible ink, which has been used in Indian elections since 1962, is being reported by a few voters in the Gautam Buddha Nagar constituency of Uttar Pradesh, as wearing off  by either being wiped away, or removed with nail-polish remover soon after it was applied. The ink is supposed to vanish very slowly, in a time period of about six months. However, the aforementioned voters have allegedly posted photos of their fingers on social media, and have complained to the Election Commission. 
The EC, in reply, dismissed the claim, saying it had “no merit”, as the ink procured from Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited, was certified by a Council of  Scientific and Industrial Research Lab, as has always been done in the past. 
However, one polling officer claimed that the ink if being sent to the lab for further testing and enquiry. 
Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan said that the ink might have come off due to application of oil cream on the hands by some voters.

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