RED ALERT

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Front Page -

The Ch­hat­tis­garh election of­fice has asked the Election Com­mis­sion to con­sider re­lax­ing a rule re­quir­ing the use of in­deli­ble ink for vot­ers

■ The semi-per­ma­nent ink is ap­plied to the fore­fin­ger of elec­tors to pre­vent them from vot­ing more than once

■ The stain lasts sev­eral days be­fore start­ing to fade

■ Maoists are op­posed to the elec­toral process and have in the past at­tacked peo­ple who voted

■ The use of in­deli­ble ink makes it easy to iden­tify peo­ple who have ex­er­cised their fran­chise.

■ In 2013, there were 58 in­ci­dents of Maoist vi­o­lence dur­ing elec­tions in Ch­hat­tis­garh

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