Ballot papers used in Bukit Batok by-election will be destroyed on Nov 12

Ballot papers and documents used in the Bukit Batok by-election in May will be destroyed on Nov 12.
Ballot papers and documents used in the Bukit Batok by-election in May will be destroyed on Nov 12. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Ballot papers and documents that were used in the Bukit Batok by-election will be destroyed on Nov 12, said the Elections Department in a statement on Monday (Nov 7).

The ballot papers and documents have been sealed and retained in safe custody at the Supreme Court since the May 7 by-election. In accordance with the Parliamentary Elections Act (Chapter 218), they will be destroyed after six months, unless otherwise directed by the order of the President. This is to ensure secrecy of the vote.

The Bukit Batok by-election was contested by Dr Chee Soon Juan from the Singapore Democratic Party and Mr Murali Pillai from the People's Action Party. Mr Pillai won the by-election with 61.2 per cent of the valid votes cast.

All sealed boxes containing ballot papers and other documents will be transported from the Supreme Court to the Tuas South Incinceration Plant, where they will be incinerated.

Candidates who wish to witness the process should inform the Elections Department via e-mail at candidates@eld.gov.sg by noon on Nov 11.