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Twitter abuzz with posts of vanishing 'indelible ink'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Many people on Thursday during the first phase of polling claimed that the "indelible" applied to mark the index finger of the voter immediately after casting vote could be removed just by applying some on it.

After two reporters from News18 demonstrated on TV how the indelible stain on their index fingers disappeared soon after applying some remover on them, a lookup of showed that many other people also shared similar experiences on the

The revelation could have far-reaching implications as the "indelible" is meant to ensure that a voter can vote only once.

Ritu Kapur, the founder and of The Quint, tweeted photographs of her finger before and after applying remover on the mark on it. The image taken after the application of the solution showed a stainless finger.

"I voted. I got inked. I did not believe the people who said that indelible ink is washing off. So I tried remover -- and magic -- the mark is gone @SpokespersonECI. What's ECI's response," Kapur wrote in the tweet.

Posting similar images, Pranav Reddy Kandadi tweeted: "Tried to wash off the ink 10 mins after voting and I was able to.. It's a chance for ppl with multiple voter cards (yes they exist) to vote again.. Unfair elections... @PMOIndia #ElectionCommissionOfIndia."

Another user who goes by the name DeshBhakt Priyank Mehta #RYP wrote: "Thats a big voting scam. Ink anyone can easily and vote as many times #electionScam #BanEvm #BanDigitalElections."

The Election Commission, however, said that they had sought a report on the ink and found that it was duely tested by the (CSIR) before the elections.

said: "Since the first in 1951-52, the ink has been used and before every election it is tested in the lab. Now we asked for the report and found the lab test was done by CSIR."

He said that all due processes were followed and such incidents should not happen.



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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 21:30 IST