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Election security upgrades ordered

April 11, 2017

The Electoral Affairs Commission has ordered the Registration & Electoral Office to improve its security arrangements, following the suspected theft of two notebook computers containing elector data during the Chief Executive election last month.


In a statement today, the commission said storing notebook computers containing voter registration particulars at the election's fallback venue in advance and saving the data of over three million electors on the computers created a security risk and suggested a lack of awareness.


It said the office should learn from the incident, seriously follow up on it and explore improvement measures.


The commission welcomed the suggestion to establish a task force to thoroughly review the incident and instructed the office to co-operate with it and implement its recommendations.


The commission will also review the arrangements for the election as required by law and submit a report to the Chief Executive.

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