India donates indelible pens for Afghan election

New Delhi, September 15, 2004 - India donated indelible ink pens to Afghanistan for its polls next month and offered to share its experience in holding elections.

Foreign ministry officials in New Delhi said Tuesday that 50,000 pens were donated to Zakim Shah, chairman of the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) in Kabul for use during the October 9 presidential election.

India uses such pens to mark people after they have voted as a precaution against electoral fraud.