Port Blair, March 1: It is notified for information of the electors of Port Blair Municipal Council and Gram Panchayats of Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as the officials/officers on Election Duty inside the polling stations on the day of poll on March 6, that no voter should bring mobile phone inside the polling booth. It is further notified that elaborate arrangements have been done for counting of votes on March 8 at JNRM (For Port Blair Municipal Council) and at Government Girls Senior Secondary School (For Port Blair Gram Panchayats).

The mobile phones shall not be allowed to be taken inside the counting halls. Mobile phones shall not be used from anywhere else within the premises of the Counting Hall.  All Media Persons shall be accommodated in the Media Room. Use of mobile phones and other communication equipment shall be allowed from the Media Centre.

It is further clarified that nobody (not even the candidate or RO/ARO etc) except the Observers and Officers connected with Election Duty appointed by the Director, Panchayat and Municipal Elections shall be allowed to carry a mobile phone inside the counting hall.

A Public Communication Room at both the Counting Hall has been earmarked for safe-keeping of the mobiles etc of the candidates and their agents/representatives to make use of their mobile phones in case of any need.

No camera- still or video of the media except for official recording of the entire counting process is allowed to be fixed inside any counting hall. No camera stand should therefore be allowed to be taken inside counting hall by media and journalists. Hand held cameras will be allowed to the authorized pass holders. The exact location, up to which the still and video camera of the media and press can move, shall be indicated by the Returning Officer in advance, marked by a line or a boundary for guidance of all concerned.