Physical campaigning activities will not be allowed if the General Election takes place in Phase 2.
If you are looking forward to catching the rallies in person at the next election, that probably won't happen this time.
The Elections Department (ELD) has just announced a new set of campaigning guidelines in the lead up to the 2020 General Election (GE), in line with safe distancing guidelines set by the Ministry of Health for Phase 2 of the post-circuit breaker.
If the 2020 General Election is held during Phase 2, several physical campaigning activities will not be allowed. All rallies and Nomination Day proceedings will be broadcasted on Mediacorp on its TV and online channels.
Instead of hosting physical rallies, all political parties and candidates will be able to share their campaigning messages with voters through the new Constituency Political Broadcasts (CPBs), a special arrangement made in view of the COVID-19 situation.
The CPB will provide more airtime for candidates on national TV.
Each Single Member Constituency (SMC) candidate will be given three minutes while candidates from the Group Representation Constituency (GRC) will be given 12 or 15 minutes, depending on whether it is a 4- or 5-member GRC.
These CPBs will accompany two party political broadcasts which will be aired on 19 TV and radio channels.
Supporters at the 2015 General Election.
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/JUSTIN HUI
While there may be more GE content to look forward to, Singaporeans are advised to watch these political broadcasts from their own homes and avoid gathering in groups. Furthermore, these broadcasts will not be screened in public spaces, including F&B outlets.
That means you can forget about hosting a physical "watch party" with your friends, so stay home and have your own commentaries within your private chat groups instead.
While physical events are not allowed, political parties and candidates can continue to make use of posters, banners and printed campaign materials to reach out to voters. Other campaigning aspects, such as a cooling-off period, will continue to be observed.
Perambulating vehicles, a unique sight at every GE, may be used for campaigning but candidates are not allowed to speak, livestream or broadcast messages and music from the vehicle. Thank-you vehicular processions after Polling Day will not take place this year, to avoid crowds from forming.
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