Singapore

Cooling-off, polling days: Dos and Don'ts

Today's Cooling-off Day is meant to give voters a chance to reflect rationally on issues raised at the by-election before going to the polls tomorrow.

No one is allowed to canvass or visit the homes of voters on both days. Election meetings are also prohibited.

Wearing, using, carrying or displaying of any political propaganda - which include badges, symbols, flags, advertisements and posters - by people or on vehicles is banned.

The public should refrain from wearing any apparel affiliated to a candidate, the Elections Department (ELD) added.

Publishing or displaying any election advertising in Bukit Batok is also prohibited.

Publication of election surveys and exit polls before the close of all polling stations is also not allowed.

Exceptions include reports in the newspapers or on the radio and television, approved posters and banners lawfully displayed before the start of Cooling-off Day, transmission of personal political views by individuals to other individuals on a non-commercial basis, and the wearing by candidates of a badge indicating affiliation with their political party.

As for voters, polling stations will be open from 8am to 8pm on Polling Day tomorrow.

They must bring their NRIC or passport when casting their vote, and may wish to avoid voting during the morning peak period when waiting times tend to be longer.

Cameras, video or photographic equipment are not allowed at polling stations. For more guidance, visit the ELD website. - The Straits Times.

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