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2014 Ballot Papers Shredded

About two tonnes of ballot papers from the 2014 General Elections are expected to be destroyed in the next 20 days, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. “As you can
04 Feb 2016 12:47
2014 Ballot Papers Shredded
Fiji Elections Office workers putting the 2014 general elections ballot papers in the shredding machicne at William&Gosling Limited warehouse in Wailekutu, Lami yesterday. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

About two tonnes of ballot papers from the 2014 General Elections are expected to be destroyed in the next 20 days, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem.

“As you can see from today (yesterday) the Fijian Elections Office has commenced the destruction process of sensitive materials from the 2014 elections.

“Under section 153 of the electoral decree, the Fijian Elections Office under the direction of the Supervisor of Elections may destroy the records in relation to an election after one year.

“As you know we are well beyond the 2014 general elections; the ballot boxes for destruction will be selected in the order which they are currently placed which is by divisions; then by venue; as you all know all ballot boxes are numbered and its venue has a name and all recording details in the destruction platform,” Mr Saneem said.

He said the office had also prepared a destruction registrar to record the equipments and the documents that are destroyed.

“Instead of burning which has been usual around the country; we are shredding all the paper materials and they will be placed in large bails and transported to the recycling plant.

“We are conscious that there are around a million pages involved in these destruction process and we are going to engage an environmentally friendly procedure to destroy these records.”

Mr Saneem said the shredding under Police supervision and recycling of ballot materials was to maintain the secrecy of the process which was all done under supervision of the Fijian Elections Office.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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