These boxes belonged to the Awi-Pori LLG, in the Koroba-Lake Kopiago District, and another LLG from Tari-Pori District.
Provincial Police Commander Michael Welly told TVWan news that the ballot papers for the LLG in Tari-Pori were mistakenly placed in the ballot boxes belonging to Awi-Pori LLG.
PPC Welly says this led to the boxes being destroyed in Tari town to avoid any tampering.
He however, denied claims that 9,000 illegal ballot papers made their way into Tari, explaining only that the ballot papers flown into Hela were those that would replace the ones destroyed.
The PPC says that police met with election officials to clarify this and the matter has been resolved.