Changes to election regulations in the coming polls

The new ballot papers will be larger and will include candidates' pictures.
The new ballot papers will be larger and will include candidates' pictures.PHOTO: GOVERNMENT GAZETTE

Voters will see changes in their neighbourhood and when they cast their votes in the coming general election.

Candidates will also see changes that will affect how they run their campaigns.

Campaigning

•The maximum sum candidates can spend on the election is $4 per voter, up from $3.50.

•The number of posters allowed is one poster for every 50 voters, rounded to the nearest 100 and subject to a minimum of 500 in an SMC or per candidate in a GRC

•The number of banners allowed is one banner for every 5,000 voters, rounded to a whole number, subject to a minimum of five in an SMC or per candidate in a GRC.

•Posters and banners can be displayed as close as 50m from polling stations. Previously, they could not be displayed within 200m of polling stations.

Ballot papers

•Candidates' photos will be printed on ballot papers.

•Ballot papers will be larger to accommodate the photos.

•Ballot papers will have white boxes against a darkened background, and wider gaps between the boxes where voters mark their vote with an "X".

Details of the changes in format will be made known closer to Polling Day.

Members of minority community committees

The Elections Department also announced the members appointed to the Malay Community Committee and Indian and Other Minority Communities Committee. Those who wish to stand as a minority candidate in a GRC must apply to the relevant committee to have their race certified .

The committees will issue them a certificate that the candidate has to submit on Nomination Day.

Malay Community Committee members are:

• Mr Imram Mohamed, the committee's chairman;

•Ms Fatimah Azimullah;

•Mr Mohammad Alami Musa;

•Mr Yatiman Yusof; and

•Mr Zulkifli Baharudin.

Indian and Other Minority Communities Committee members are:

•Mr Kaisavapany Krishnasamy, the committee's chairman;

•Mr Gerard Francis De Silva;

•Mr Rangareddy Jayachandran;

•Mr Ravinder Singh; and

•Mr Satkunanantham Kandiah.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2015, with the headline 'Changes to election regulations in the coming polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe