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Indelible ink to be used to mark the quarantined

The ink should not be used on any finger of the left hand.C. VENKATACHALAPATHYThe Hindu

The ink should not be used on any finger of the left hand.C. VENKATACHALAPATHYThe Hindu  

EC cites ‘extraordinary’ circumstances

The Election Commission of India on Wednesday said it had allowed the government to use indelible ink, which is used to mark voters, to mark people ordered quarantine themselves at home in view of the “extraordinary circumstances” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to the Health and Family Welfare Ministry, the EC wrote that it had taken the suo motu decision to allow the use of indelible ink with certain conditions.

The EC wrote that according to Rule 49 K of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, an elector is supposed to be marked on the forefinger of his left hand before casting the vote.

In case the elector does not have a forefinger on the left hand, any other finger of the left hand can be marked and in case the elector does not have any finger on the left hand, the forefinger of the right hand can be marked.

The EC said the authorities should be directed not to use the ink on any finger of the left hand.

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