Bukit Batok by-election: Rally sites at open field and Bukit Gombak stadium

People attend a rally at Bukit Gombak Stadium during the 2015 General Elections.
People attend a rally at Bukit Gombak Stadium during the 2015 General Elections. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - An open field and Bukit Gombak stadium have been designated rally sites for the Bukit Batok by-election.

The field is along Bukit Batok Industrial Park A, while the stadium is at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5.

Police, who released the list of rally sites on Wednesday after nominations, said election meetings can be held at the sites between 7am and 10pm from Thursday to next Thursday (May 5).

 

Next Friday (May 6) is Cooling Off Day, when candidates are not allowed to campaign. Polling Day is next Saturday (May 7) .

 

In an update on Wednesday evening, the police said the Police Elections Permits Office (PEPO) did not receive applications for any election meetings to be held on Thursday (April 28).

The police has encouraged the public to take public transport to the rallies, citing the large crowds that are expected at election meetings.

Motorists near rally sites should also be prepared for traffic diversions or lane closures, the police added. Real-time updates on the traffic situation will be broadcast on the radio.

The police said vehicles parked indiscriminately or causing obstruction will be towed away.

It also urged those attending rallies to assemble and disperse from the sites "in an orderly manner" and warned that it would not hesitate to take action against anyone who is unruly or who commits any offence at the rallies.

Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones are banned at rallies for public safety reasons, the police said.

As of Wednesday, Speaker's Corner at Hong Lim Park is also off limits to public rallies, as it will no longer be be designated an unrestricted area under the Public Order Act.

Exemptions for holding public entertainment activities in the area, under the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, will also be revoked. Those who want to organise activities there have to apply for the relevant permits and licences during this period.

The unrestricted status of Speaker's Corner will be reinstated after Polling Day.