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The Chief Electoral Officer of,
All the States/Union Territories.
Subject: Carrying of Mobile Phone by Returning Officers/ Assistant Returning Officers inside the Counting Hall – reg.
Reference: 1. The ECI’s instruction No.470/INST/2014-EPS, dated 8th May, 2014.
2. The ECI’s instruction No.470/INST/2014-EPS, dated 15th May, 2014.
I am directed to invite your attention to the Commission’s instructions referred above and to state that in view of inception of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot Paper System (RTPBS) wherein One-Time Password (OTP) is received on mobile phones, the Commission has directed that on the day of counting,
(i) Only that mobile phone of the RO/ARO/Counting supervisor/s, linked to ETPBS, to be used to receive ‘OTP’ to log into ETPBS to start counting thereof have to be brought inside the counting hall;
(ii) The mobile handsets will be switched on only to receive ‘OTP’ and be switched off once the system is logged on to ETPBS;
(iii) Inside the counting hall, such mobile handsets are to be kept in the custody of ARO/RO/Observer, whosoever is the senior most officer in the Counting Hall for ETPBS counting, in switched off mode till the counting is over.
(iv) In case login is closed for some reasons, Counting Supervisor can get the mobile from the officer to whom the mobile set was submitted to receive OTP once again for enabling him to re-login, and after re-login, he should return the mobile to same officer in switched off mode.
(v) A declaration be got signed by all users separately about Dos and Don’ts for mobile usage.
(vi) Specific permission be sought from concerned CEO for number of users in each case with the requisite mobile phone numbers being used. Mobile phones are to be allowed inside the Counting hall for all such users.