Ink mark on the right hand
First Elections In Telangana: Ink Mark on The Right Hand. Voting in the first phase of polls in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday was iconic with citizens voting for their first set of MLAs and MPs for the new Telangana state.
As against the norm of left hand
Voting in the first phase of polls in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday was iconic with citizens voting for their first set of MLAs and MPs for the new Telangana state. But something which also made a ‘mark’ was that electoral officers in AP was granted an exception from the regular practice of marking the indelible ink on the left hand index finger of the voter. The indelible ink mark was put on the index finger of the right hand.
The Chief Electoral Officer, Andhra Pradesh, received an official communication from the Election Commission regarding the change in the norm. The norm will also be followed up for the polls on May 7 in Seemandhra.
"Lakhs of voters have an indelible ink mark on the index finger of the left hand, indicating that they exercised their franchise during the ZPTC and MPTC elections held recently. All these voters were exercising their franchise in the elections for the Assembly and the Lok Sabha seats. We were facing a unique problem in marking," said additional chief electoral officer, V Venkateswara Rao.
" Therefore, we sought a clarification from the EC and responding to our query, the EC permitted us to mark the index finger of right hand. We will communicate the change in rule to all officials concerned in Seemandhra too, which goes to polls on May 7," he added.