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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 18 November: ELECTION Commission has urged the Centre to keep in mind tomorrow’s by-poll in three constituencies of Bengal while enforcing the order on applying indelible ink on the finger of people exchanging demonetised notes at banks.

The poll panel, however, has not imposed any bar on the applying of indelible ink at the banks as has been ordered by the Centre.

Election Commission’s move comes in view of a letter that it received from Bengal chief electoral officer Sunil Kumar Gupta on 15 November wherein he had drawn the poll panel’s attention to the indelible ink order for banks saying that it could lead to confusion during the 19 November by-poll for Tamluk and Cooch Behar Lok Sabha seat, and Monteswar Assembly seat in the state.

Responding to this, the Commission sent a communique to the Union finance secretary the same day explaining that going by rule 49K of the Conduct of Election Rules, a voter has to be marked with indelible ink on the forefinger of his / her left hand before voting. Those not having fingers in left hand, the indelible ink shall be applied in the forefinger of right hand.

This provision should be taken into consideration in view of while enforcing the finance ministry’s order to banks for applying indelible ink on the finger of people exchanging notes so that “the same does not affect the election process in any manner.”

Officials of various banks in the three poll-bound constituencies said that their head offices have already told them to apply indelible ink on any right hand finger, except the forefinger, of those coming to exchange notes. Hence, there shall be no scope for violation of the election rule, they maintained.

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