The following acts are not allowed on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day:

  • Publication and display of election advertising not already lawfully displayed or published;
  • Canvassing, door-to-door visits, visiting homes and workplaces of voters in connection with the election;
  • Wearing badges/symbols, using, carrying or displaying political propaganda (only the candidate is allowed to wear the party badge or a replica of the symbol allotted to him); and
  • Holding of election meetings.

Candidates should therefore refrain from visiting their constituents or attending public events within their constituencies on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day. However, attending religious ceremonies or worship services, or attending functions in the course of work or employment would still be permissible.

Exceptions to Prohibitions

There are some exceptions to the prohibition of campaign activities on Cooling-off Day and Polling Day:

  • Party political broadcasts on television
  • Reports in the newspapers, on radio and television relating to election matters;
  • Approved posters and banners that were already up, and lawful Internet advertising that was already in place before the start of Cooling-off Day;
  • Books previously scheduled for publication;
  • The transmission of personal political views by an individual to another individual, on a non-commercial basis, using the Internet, telephone or electronic means; and
  • Candidates may continue to wear party logos/badges indicating his affiliation with a political party or a replica of the symbol allotted to him or to the group of candidates to which he belongs.