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Use of ink for money exchange will create confusion at the time of voting : EC to Govt

India Blooms News Service | | 18 Nov 2016, 03:09 pm
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IBNS) : Expressing concern over the Government directive for the use of indelible ink for cash exchange following the notes ban, the Election Commission has told the Government that the move should not affect the "election process in any manner", reports said.

As five states are going to polls on Saturday, the EC in a letter to the Finance Ministry has said the use of indelible ink to mark those exchanging money in banks and also for those going to vote in those states will create confusion.

The Government should ensure that the use of indelible ink on people exchanging banned Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes does not cause a problem when they vote, the poll panel said.

The Government decided to ink those going for money exchange following reports that people having black money were making others to stand on their behalf  in multiple queues every day to evade the cap on swapping for individuals.

The Government said the ink would be applied on the right index fingers of those exchanging money so that they can't do it for the second time.

According to the procedure of the Election Commission, voters are inked on the left index fingers before voting. But voters who do not have a left arm are inked on the right.