Firm defends ink

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 October, 2004, 12:00am

Mysore Paints & Varnish, the Indian company which supplied indelible ink for the Afghan elections, has denied its product was faulty.

Some Afghans found the ink could be rubbed off, allowing them to vote again.

Mysore managing director M. V. Hemanth Kumar said his company's ink had been used successfully in Indian polls for 40 years.

He blamed the problem on poll workers mixing up indelible ink pens with those meant for marking ballot papers.

His claim has been backed up by foreign observers who said the scale of the problem was fairly minor.