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No special brushes to ink gram panchayat poll voters

MYSURU: The election commission is using the old plastic applicator instead of special brush to mark indelible ink on voters during the upcoming Gram Panchayat (GP) polls in the state. The special brushes were used in the recent assembly elections in New Delhi to mark the ink on voters.

The Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited (MPVL) has supplied 90,000 bottles of indelible ink worth Rs 1.10 crore to the State Election Commission (EC). Each 5 ml ink bottle costs around Rs 90 and can be applied to nearly 300 to 400 voters.

The elections for more than 6,000 gram panchayats in the state will involve nearly 3.40 crore voters for which the indelible ink has been purchased. "We have already supplied the ink to the EC a month ago. The EC will distribute it to the districts," said MPVL chairman R Ananthu.

A senior official in the PSU said that the EC has ordered for plastic or rod applicator to mark the ink on the voter's finger. "We had supplied brush applicator for the recent New Delhi elections. But the state EC has ordered plastic applicator. The ink will remain for at least three months after it is applied," he said.

The EC had ordered brush applicator along with the indelible ink for the New Delhi elections from MPVL. The public sector which is the only authorized supplier of indelible ink (voter's ink) for all parliamentary, assembly and local bodies elections in India since 1962, has been supplying this indelible ink to various countries like Turkey, Nepal, Papua-New Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Singapore.

Ananthu said that the company had supplied the indelible ink to Bihar elections and is supplying 400 bottles of ink to Malaysia where the by-elections were being conducted.

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