Police quiz elections chief over shredding ballot papers

Police on Tuesday questioned election chief Ahmed Shareef and another elections member after the electoral body shredded the ballot papers of September's presidential elections.

Shareef along with Elections Commission (EC) member Ahmed Akram was summoned to the police headquarters in the capital Male hours after the commission had announced that the ballot papers had been shredded.

Police said the duo had been summoned to gather information over the shredding of the ballots.

Shareef during the press conference earlier Tuesday had said the ballot papers from the elections had been shredded and it would be destroyed under the supervision of the fire department in the next two days.

Shareef after being questioned by the police insisted that the commission had done everything in accordance with the laws saying that EC had even delayed destroying the ballots due to the legal challenge filed by defeated Maldives president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom citing electoral fraud - which he subsequently lost.