On the campaign trail

Election poster, national flag in bin

Another case of an offence related to election posters has surfaced, this time in Aljunied GRC.

People's Action Party (PAP) candidate Victor Lye posted yesterday on his Facebook page a photo of a poster of his Aljunied GRC team inside a metal bin meant for offerings, along with a state flag.

He said: "What kind of people would have done this? What kind of politics have we coming to us?

"What kind of politicians have such hooligans as supporters? Whither Singapore..."

Several photos of torn election posters have been circulating on social media over the past few days.

Last Wednesday, in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, at least six posters put up in Sengkang East Way were found torn.

The posters have since been replaced.

On Sept 6, the police issued a statement on their Facebook page confirming that three men between the age of 20 and 36 are assisting them with investigations into the cases of defaced election posters.

Under the Parliamentary Elections Act, it is an offence for any person to alter, remove, destroy, obliterate or deface any election posters or banners.

The punishment for such an offence is a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.

Goh Yan Han

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2015, with the headline 'Election poster, national flag in bin'. Print Edition | Subscribe