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Indelible Ink on electors finger :

I am directed to state that during the recent past elections, certain reports regarding improper application of Indelible Ink have been received by the Commission.

Indelible Ink will be applied on top of the nail to the bottom of the first joint of the left forefinger.

The matter has been considered by the Commission and the Commission has directed that the following shall be strictly followed, during all future elections:-
1. Indelible Ink will be applied on voter’s finger with the help of brush (to be supplied by the M/s Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited) from top of the nail to the bottom of the first joint of the left forefinger as shown in the diagram below.
2. The Polling Official in-charge of the Control Unit shall ensure that mark of the Indelible Ink is intact on the finger of electors, before pressing the ballot button of Control Unit.

A copy of this instruction may be sent to all District Election Officers and Returning Officers. This instruction may also be brought to the notice of all Presiding Officers and Polling Officers during Trainings for strict compliance. A copy of this instruction shall be kept in the Kit of Presiding Officer given to him while leaving for poll duty.

Copy forwarded to :
1. The Managing Director, Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited, New Bannimantap Extension, Mysore-570015, Karnataka with the request to ensure supply of Brushes alongwith the Indelible Ink, to be supplied to the States/UTs, with immediate effect.
2. The State Election Commissioners of all States and Union Territories for their information and necessary action.

If you are an independent candidate or a candidate of unrecognised political party, how many proposers you require?
Ans. Ten
The same section 33 of R. P. Act, 1951 provides that as an independent candidate or a candidate of an unrecognised political party, ten electors from the constituency should subscribe your nomination paper as proposers.

Can a person contest elections to Lok Sabha/Vidhan Sabha from as many constituencies as he likes?
Ans. No
As per Section 33 (7) of R. P. Act, 1951, a person cannot contest from more than two constituencies for a Lok Sabha/Vidhan Sabha election.

Which candidates lose the deposit?
Ans. 3354. A defeated candidate who fails to secure more than one sixth of the valid votes polled in the constituency will lose his security deposit.

What has been the maximum number of candidates in any constituency in India at any election so far?
Ans. In Modakurichi Assembly Constituency of Tamil Nadu there were 1033 contesting candidates during the general election to Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1996. The ballot papers were in the form of a booklet.

The Election Commission has recognised some political parties as National parties and some others as State Parties. How many are National and how many are State parties ?
Ans. The Election Commission had recognized 6 Political Parties as National Parties and 36 Political Parties as State Parties in different States at the time of General Elections in 2004.

On the day of poll, every voter has to go to a polling station to vote. Normally, how many voters are assigned to a polling station, under the norms of the Election Commission?

Ans. As per the instructions of Election Commission as contained in Para 2 of Chapter II of Handbook for Returning Officers, a polling station should be provided for a well defined polling area, normally covering about 800 – 1000 electors. However, in exceptional cases, such number may exceed 1000 to avoid the breakup of any polling area in large villages or urban area. When the number exceeds 1200, auxiliary polling stations should be set up. There is provision for setting up of polling stations in localities inhabited by the weaker section of the society, even though the number may be less than 500. If there is a Leprosy Sanatorium a separate polling station may be set up for the inmates alone. Recently the Commission has issued instructions for Rationalisation of Polling Stations in the country, and the limit of electors has been increased to 1500 per polling station, as Electronic Voting Machines are being used now.

Normally, under the Commission’s norms, how far can a polling station be from your house?
Ans. Not more than 2 Kms.
According to Para 3 of Chapter II of Handbook for Returning Officers, polling stations should be set up in such a manner that ordinarily no voter is required to travel more than two kms to reach his polling station.

When you are walking down to your polling station, some candidate or his agent offers you a free lift to the polling station. Can you accept that offer of lift?
Ans. No
It is a corrupt practice under section 123 (5) of the R. P. Act, 1951. This offence is punishable under Section 133 of the same Act, with imprisonment which may extend upto 3 months and/or with fine.

Can you accept such lift when you are going back to your house after you have cast your vote?
Ans. No
The provision of Corrupt Practice under section 123 (5) as mentioned above will cover conveyance of any elector, to or from any polling station.

Somebody offers you some money to vote for a candidate. Can you accept such money?
Ans. No
Acceptance of money to vote for a candidate is a corrupt practice of bribery under Section 123 (1) of R. P. Act, 1951. It is also an offence under section 171-B of Indian Penal Code and is punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or both.

Somebody offers you some money, not to vote for a certain candidate. Can you accept such money?
Ans. No
The corrupt practice of bribery will also be attracted, if a person accepts money not to vote for a particular candidate.

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