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Election Office probe

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

THE missing laptop from the Elections Office containing data on the September 2014 polls will not affect Fiji's progress into the General Election.

That is the message from Electoral Commission chairman Chen Bunn Young as investigations into the alleged theft of the laptop have begun.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Young said the matter had been referred to police while the commission had also started its own internal investigations.

He said the employee in charge of the laptop allegedly took the laptop home from where it went missing.

"We have to do our own internal investigations ourselves and we have not terminated the employee.

"We will deal with the employee in accordance with her employment conditions."

Mr Young said the employee was given the right to respond to the alleged theft.

"I really don't know how valuable the data was.

"We are trying to establish the extent of the data lost."

He said security measures at the Elections Office have been further strengthened to prevent such incidences from happening again.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the CID had started its investigation into the matter.

Insp Sokomuri said the laptop contained highly sensitive data regarding the electoral roll for this year's election and some people were questioned in relation to the matter.

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