Police: Keep election rallies and Seventh Month events separate
Election campaigning and Seventh Month Festival events should be kept separate, the police have said.
Speeches intended to canvass support for parties or candidates should not be delivered during Seventh Month Festival events, the police said in a statement.
This is in line with Public Order (Election Meetings) Regulations 2009 — which states that getai performances and other forms of stage performances and entertainment are strictly not allowed before, during or after election rallies.
The police stressed that outdoor rallies for the General Election should be held only at designated sites and assured that sufficient sites will be made available to contesting parties and independent candidates.
The allocation of rally sites and outdoor assembly centre sites on Counting Night will be done through the ballot method.
In addition, a "give away" rule will be implemented to give applicants more opportunities to use their preferred rally sites on their preferred dates.
Parties that have been allocated a site will have to "give way" to other applicants that apply for the same site at the same time slot on the following day.
A "block ballot" method will also be implemented in constituencies where there are more contesting parties/independent candidates than rally sites.
Under this method, the last two to three nights for rally sites will be grouped together for application as a block.
Contesting parties/independent candidates can only apply for one site on one night within the block.