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FEO begins shredding 2014 ballot papers

February 3, 2016 5:51 pm

The Fijian Elections Office yesterday started the destruction process of sensitive materials from the 2014 General elections.

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

Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem says a destruction register has been prepared to record the equipment and documents that are being shredded.

Saneem says that instead of burning which has been the usual practice, FEO is shredding all paper materials before it’s placed on large bails and transported to the recycling plant.

“We are conscious that there’s around a million pages involved in this destruction process ad we are going to engage in an environmentally friendly procedure to destroy these records. The manner of destruction is also now an internationally practiced norm which is to recycle ballot materials.”

The papers are being shredded at the William and Goslings compound in Lami under strict Police supervision and quality assurance personnel’s from the Elections Office.

The shredding process will be done for the next twenty days.