Indelible Ink used during voting was originated from Columbia and was first used in India during the  1962 elections.

Indelible Ink

The indelible ink used for marking voters’ fingers after casting their votes is called Indelible Ink or Amīṭ Syāhī.

Indelible Ink Used For

It is manufactured by the company Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited (MPVL), which is based in Mysore, Karnataka, India. The company was established in 1937 under the name “Mysore Lac and Paints Limited” during the reign of the Maharaja of Mysore.

Manufactured by

The use of indelible ink was first introduced during the 1962 Lok Sabha elections in India.

First Introduced

The ink cannot be washed off with water or removed using any chemical. It remains visible for approximately 15 days to ensures that attempts to vote multiple times are easily detectable.

How to remove ink

Apart from India, Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited exports indelible ink to several other countries like Thailand, Singapore, Nigeria, Malaysia, and South Africa to use it during their elections.

Which Company export ink

The formula for making indelible ink is developed by the National Physical Laboratory of India.

Formula of inedible ink