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Updated: 01/24/2013 00:55 | By Channel NewsAsia

Cooling—Off Day on Jan 25

Cooling—Off Day on Jan 25


SINGAPORE: The Elections Department has reminded political parties and candidates in the Punggol East by—election that Friday is Cooling—Off Day.

The day has been set aside for voters to reflect rationally on various issues raised during the campaigning before they go to the polls on Saturday.

On Cooling—Off Day, campaigning is not allowed. Election advertising must not be published or displayed.

There are exceptions. These are for reports in the newspapers, on radio and television relating to election matters.

Also allowed are approved posters and banners lawfully displayed before the start of Cooling—off Day, and other election advertising —— such as Internet election advertising lawfully displayed or published before the start of Cooling—Off Day.

Candidates can continue to wear a replica of the symbol allotted to them.

The Elections Department has also advised candidates and supporters to refrain from attending public events on Cooling—off Day and Polling Day. They can attend religious ceremonies or worship services, or functions in the course of work or employment, but must be mindful of the rule prohibiting campaigning and election advertising.

Polling stations will be open from 8am to 8pm on Saturday.

The Elections Department said voters may wish to avoid going to the polling station in the morning, when there are queues. However, they should not go too late, as ballot papers cannot be issued after voting ends at 8pm.

—CNA/ac

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