SINGAPORE: A 24-hour campaign silence period for the Bukit Batok by-election will come in effect on Friday (May 6), the Elections Department (ELD) said. Known as Cooling-Off Day, the period is to allow voters to reflect rationally on various issues raised at an election before heading to the polls.
Polling Day for the by-election is on Saturday, May 7.
On Cooling-Off Day and Polling Day, campaign activities such as canvassing, visiting homes of voters and displaying of any political propaganda are prohibited, it added.
"Candidates and their supporters are expected to abide fully by all relevant laws on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day, and should refrain from conduct that goes against the spirit behind the prohibition against campaigning on Cooling-Off Day and Polling Day," said the ELD in a statement.
Exceptions include reports in the newspapers, on radio and television relating to election matters, transmission of personal political views by individuals to other individuals on a non-commercial basis, and approved posters or banners lawfully displayed before the start of Cooling-Off Day.
"Candidates should be mindful of how they conduct themselves in public and exercise due care to avoid any action that may be perceived as campaigning," said the ELD.
It added that to avoid any misunderstanding, candidates should, as far as possible, refrain from visiting voters or attending public events in the constituency on Cooling-Off Day and Polling Day, where they are likely to attract public attention and may be perceived to be canvassing for support.
Attending religious ceremonies for private prayer or worship, or attending functions in the course of work or employment would still be permissible, subject to the general prohibitions against campaigning and election advertising on Cooling-Off Day and Polling Day, the ELD said.