Govt says empty ballot boxes left in school not a lapse of procedure or breach of law
THE discovery last month that five empty ballot boxes used for the 2011 Presidential Election had been left in a school did not indicate any lapse in electoral procedure or breach of the law, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament on Monday.
"This is because after the close of polling, ballots are transferred into different boxes at the counting centres, and the empty boxes left behind cease to be controlled items," he said in response to a question from Workers' Party MP Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC).
Mr Chan was answering the question on behalf of the Prime Minister.
The five boxes found in the school in the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC were of this type, he noted. These empty boxes and other elections paraphernalia, such as leftover writing material, are meant to be collected from polling stations and disposed of by contractors.