The National Elections Commission (NEC), according to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), has begun the process of burning ballot papers and other electoral materials used during the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.
A ceremony symbolic of the commencement of the burning of the used elections materials took place Friday at the Upper Montserrado County Elections Magisterial Office in Bensonville, where used elections materials from Upper Montserrado County and the NEC Central warehouse were burnt.
At the ceremony, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya said the destruction of the used elections materials was a requirement of Section 4.16 of the New Elections Law of Liberia.
Section 4.16 of the New Elections Law of 1986 states: “The Commission shall preserve all writs issued for elections and all ballots cast and registered voters made in elections until the validity of such election and its results can no longer be disputed. The ballot paper may then be burned.”
Chairman Korkoya said ballot papers from Lofa and Bong counties will not be burned in the ongoing exercise until the Supreme Court can hand down final ruling into complaints arising from the conduct of the 2014 elections in the two counties.
However, Ballot papers and other elections materials from the Rivercess County Electoral District #2 representative by-election will be burnt during the ongoing exercise.
“The destruction of ballot papers and other materials used during the 2014 elections is also intended to clear the Commission’s warehouses across the country and provide space for the storage of materials for the 2017 elections,” Korkoya said.