East Coast GRC resident finds PAP poster without official stamp

Not the first time.

Belmont Lay| July 02, 2020, 03:08 PM

An East Coast GRC resident has sent a tip-off to Mothership.sg after finding a People's Action Party election poster for the constituency that did not bear the official stamp issued by the Returning Officer.

This is the second reported instance of PAP campaigning material that has allegedly flouted existing campaigning rules.

In the tip-off, the 31-year-old Singaporean man said he found the PAP poster at 57 Meragi Road, a private residential estate, at about 9:55pm on July 1.

When he came across the poster, he said it was already on the ground.

According to the man, he said he saw at least one other PAP poster in the vicinity that did not have the official stamp.

That other poster was secured to a lamp post at the junction of Jalan Pergam & Jalan Pelatok near Upper Changi Road East.

Not the first time

On the first day of campaigning on July 1, the PAP was accused of putting up posters this 2020 General Election hustings that do not bear the official stamp issued by the Returning Officer.

This accusation was levelled at the PAP in a Facebook post by Williamson Lee, a Singapore People's Party candidate.

Lee wrote that he had seen multiple PAP posters in the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC where he is contesting with his team that are without the stamp.

According to the Elections Department Singapore, the official stamp issued by the Returning Officer is necessary.

ELD wrote in their campaigning rules: "All posters and banners displayed must bear the official stamp issued by the Returning Officer."

The stamp is needed to cap the total number of posters put up by one party in each constituency.

Mothership has reached out to ELD for comment

What is official stamp by Returning Officer?

The official stamp by the Returning Officer is visible on posters put up during the GE campaigning period.

This is what it traditionally looks like:

In the current GE2020, posters are marked by a brown stamp:

By Zhangxin Zheng

Top photo via Mothership reader