18/11/2016 11:28 AM IST | Updated 18/11/2016 12:21 PM IST

Don't Use Indelible Ink For Currency Exchange In Poll-Bound Areas, Says Election Commission

"It will create confusion."

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Woman poses with new ₹2,000 notes, her Aadhaar ID card and a finger inked with indelible ink after exchanging withdrawn ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes.

The Election Commission of India (EC) expressed major concerns on Friday over the marking of fingers with indelible ink of those who were withdrawing money from banks, especially in areas where elections are going to be held soon.

According to a report by NDTV, the EC sent a written communication to the Finance Ministry, expressing their distress over the confusion that could arise, as voters' fingers are also marked similarly with indelible ink.

But The Indian Express stated that those who are going to banks to withdraw money will only be marked on the fingers of their right hand, whereas during the polls, the ink will be applied to their left hand.

Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das had said on Tuesday that banks will use indelible ink to "stop multiple withdrawals by same individuals" in order to help ease the extreme shortage of currency and the hardship being faced by those waiting in long queues outside banks and ATMs.

Some Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh will have by-elections later this week and state Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab are scheduled for early 2017.

(With inputs from agencies)

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