In­deli­ble ink...

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

This is not the first time that such a re­quest has been made; sim­i­lar con­cerns were put forth by the election of­fi­cials of the state ahead of the 2013 as­sem­bly polls as well as the 2014 gen­eral election. How­ever, both times the in­deli­ble ink that is made by Mysore Paints and Var­nish Lim­ited was used.

For­mer chief election com­mis­sioner HS Brahma said the is­sue was very sen­si­tive; it may not be fea­si­ble to dis­con­tinue the use of in­deli­ble ink as it is the only sure-shot way of en­sur­ing that no bo­gus vot­ing takes place, he said.

“It will be very dif­fi­cult and not ad­vis­able to change the rules at the last minute, es­pe­cially since there is no fool­proof al­ter­na­tive to us­ing the ink,” he said.

The ECI has put forth the ar­gu­ment that do­ing away with use of in­deli­ble ink may jeop­ar­dise free and fair elec­tions, al­though it says that the safety of vot­ers, and polling of­fi­cials and se­cu­rity forces de­puted at election time, is para­mount.

“There could be bo­gus vot­ing, for in­stance, in which case the real vot­ers will be de­nied a chance to ex­er­cise their fran­chise. There are sev­eral such con­cerns that the EC will have to con­sider,” the of­fi­cial quoted above said.

The eight most af­fected LWE dis­tricts in the state are Kanker, Ra­j­nandgaon, Konda­gaon, Narayan­pur, Bas­tar, Bi­japur, Dan­te­wada and Sukma. Ma­hasamund, Dham­tari, Balod, Gariya­hand, Kabird­ham and Bal­ram­pur are also des­ig­nated LWE dis­tricts.

In 2013, there were 58 in­ci­dents of Maoist vi­o­lence dur­ing elec­tions in Ch­hat­tis­garh, which left three se­cu­rity force per­son­nel dead; five polling sta­tions were at­tacked. In the 2008 as­sem­bly polls, 23 elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines were looted and 122 in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence took place. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elec­tions, 18 elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines were looted and there were 144 in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence.

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