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Youths issued advisories for removing empty ballot boxes

Two 17-year-olds have been issued advisories for the unauthorised removal of empty ballot boxes last August.

SINGAPORE: Two 17-year-olds have been issued advisories for the unauthorised removal of empty ballot boxes from a storeroom last August.

The ballot boxes, used in the 2011 presidential election, were meant to be disposed of by the Elections Department's waste contractor. Police say there was no evidence that indicated the ballot boxes were tampered with, before and after they were used. They have concluded there was no breach of the integrity of the electoral process.

Police, in consultation with the Attorney-General's Chambers, have counselled and issued advisories to the two youths.

The Elections Department had filed a police report last August, after it was tipped off by an email from a member of the public. It has previously said that the discovery of used empty ballot boxes has no implications on the secrecy of the vote and electoral process.

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