Electoral ink: Know why the electoral ink applied on the finger does not fade

Assembly elections in five states of the country began today, February 10, 2022, with Uttar Pradesh leading the way. Where voting on 58 seats begins at 7 a.m. in the first phase. People are flocking to the polls to vote for their preferred candidate. Your hands are painted with blue ink when you go to the polling station to vote. Many people are aware that this ink is applied to the voter’s finger to ensure that his vote is secure and that no fraud can occur. This ink on the finger, on the other hand, does not fade for a long time. But have you ever wondered why this election ink refuses to fade? If this is a question that has been bothering you, then let us explain why. In the following slides, you’ll learn more about this…

Who and where does this blue ink come from?

The blue ink used in India’s elections is made in the country. This blue ink is made by a company called Mysore Paint and Varnish Limited. This ink is used in political campaigns.

Who is it that buys this ink?

Blue ink is not sold in stores by MVPL, the company that makes it. Rather, the government or election-related agencies purchase the ink, which the company then distributes.

As a result, the election ink does not fade.

This election ink is actually made with a silver nitrate chemical. It cannot be removed from the skin for at least 72 hours in this situation. When this ink, on the other hand, comes into contact with water, its colour changes to black and it does not fade.

When ink is applied to the finger, the silver nitrate in it reacts with the salt in our bodies to form silver chloride. Silver chloride dissolves in water and remains attached to the skin at the same time. At the same time, it’s impossible to get rid of, even with soap.

Ritika Kadiya
Ritika Kadiya
As a journalist, Ritika kadiya has contributed to many online publications including the Huffing Post.

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