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Attention Election Commission: Voters Claim Voting Ink Vanishes With Nail Polish Remover

To draw the EC's attention, a Bangalore resident had written a letter to the polling official too. 

In the fourth phase of polling, several voters on Monday have claimed they could remove the “indelible” ink, which is used by the Election Commission officials to mark the fingers of those who have voted, by using nail polish remover. Even in the first three phases, many individuals complained that they could remove the ink within a few hours after casting the vote.

Congress leader Sanjay posted a picture on Twitter asking Mumbai residents to cast their votes; his inked finger was visible in the photo. Later, he posted another tweet with the ink mark removed from his finger.


Jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali also claimed that the ink came off after two hours.

During the first phase of polling, The Quint CEO Ritu Kapur also claimed that the ink vanished after she used nail polish remover.

Similarly, journalist Shruti Mathur also posted a video after casting her vote on April 11 highlighting how the ink vanished when she used nail polish remover.

On April 18, a Bangalore resident wrote a letter to a polling official underlining that the ink had vanished easily from his finger a few hours after he cast his vote. He also mentioned that it had stayed for more than two weeks during the last elections.

This is a serious matter as Election Commission uses the ink to avoid cases of voter fraud and instances of multiple voting by the same individual. With several complaints surfacing, the commission needs to pay attention to this issue before the next phase of polling on May 6.


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