Bukit Batok by-election

Dos and don'ts on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day

People's Action Party (PAP) supporters gathering at Bedok stadium as they wait for the polling results on Sept 11, 2015.
People's Action Party (PAP) supporters gathering at Bedok stadium as they wait for the polling results on Sept 11, 2015. ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

The Elections Department (ELD) has spelt out the dos and don'ts on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day.

Cooling-off Day today is a time for voters to reflect rationally on whom to vote for.

Candidates and their supporters are not allowed to campaign on both days, and cannot canvass voters, or visit their homes. They are also not allowed to hold rallies.

Political propaganda, including badges, symbols, flags, advertisements and posters, cannot be worn, used, carried or displayed by people or on their vehicles.

The ELD also said people should refrain from wearing clothes with the image, election symbol or campaign message of any candidate. But candidates can wear their party's badge.

Also on the prohibited list: publishing or displaying any election advertising in Bukit Batok.

In addition, the publication of election surveys and exit polls is not allowed before the close of all polling stations.

There are, however, exceptions to the rules prohibiting election advertising, said the ELD.

Newspaper, radio and television reports are allowed, as are approved posters and banners lawfully displayed before the start of Cooling-off Day.

It is also all right for people to talk about their personal political views with others, as long as it is on a non-commercial basis.

The ELD called on candidates and their supporters to refrain from conduct that "goes against the spirit behind the prohibition against campaigning on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day".

On Polling Day tomorrow, polling stations will open from 8am to 8pm.

The ELD advised voters to avoid going to polling stations in the morning, when waiting times tend to be longer.

Voters should take along their NRIC or passport. Cameras, video or photographic equipment are not allowed in polling stations.

Lee Min Kok

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 06, 2016, with the headline 'Dos and don'ts on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day'. Print Edition | Subscribe