Sunday, December 18, 2005
Sniffing out dissent
The Indian Express has a report on election-rigging techniques allegedly used by the Left in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal. I was particularly intrigued by this paragraph:
To detect exactly whether a vote is being cast in favour of a particular party a “strong scent” is put by a loyal voter on the party’s key in the electronic voting machine when he goes to cast his vote. Everyone who votes after him and chooses the same key has the “scent” transferred to his/her figure besides the indelible ink — the official mark of adult franchise. This ensures tracking of who voted for whom.So if you see people sniffing madly outside a polling booth in the next Bengal elections, don't assume it's hay fever.