Candidates can only start their election campaigns from the close of nomination, and up to before the eve of Polling Day.
Candidates should conduct themselves and their campaigning with dignity as befits the office and comports with the unifying role and responsibility of the President. They should steer away from negative campaigning practices based on hate and denigration of opposing candidates, and should not make false statements that allege corruption or commission of criminal offences, or statements that may cause racial or religious tensions or affect social cohesion. Egregious acts of negative campaigning could also be in breach of the law.
Election Expenses Limit
The maximum amount a candidate can spend on election expenses is $600,000 or 30 cents per elector on the Registers of Electors, whichever is the greater. The election expenses may be incurred before, during or after an election.
At the end of the Presidential election, every candidate and his election agent must account for all his election expenses incurred by or on behalf of the candidate in the conduct and management of election.
Internet Election Advertising
Declaration of Internet Election Advertising Platforms
Every duly nominated candidate is required to declare to the Returning Officer the particulars of every Internet election advertising platform (e.g. podcasts, videocasts, blogs and social networking sites like Facebook) on which election advertising is or will be published by or on his behalf during the campaign period, which starts with the close of nomination proceedings and ending on the eve of Polling Day. Candidates/election agents can submit their declarations via the Candidate Services.
The first declaration must be sent to the Returning Officer within 12 hours after the start of the campaign period. Thereafter, a declaration must be submitted to the Returning Officer at any time before the election advertising is published on any additional platform during the campaign period, by or on the candidate’s behalf.
Posters & Banners
The display of posters and banners advertising for a candidate during the campaign period must comply with the conditions listed in the Returning Officer's permit for such display of posters and banners. No person shall display or cause to be displayed in any public place election posters and banners without authorisation by the Returning Officer.
Posters and banners must be removed within the period stated in the permit after Polling Day and the failure to do so is an offence. Candidates or their election agents have to ensure that all of their posters and banners are taken down within the specified period stated in the Returning Officer's permit and properly disposed of after the elections.
A copy of each of the posters and banners must be lodged with the Returning Officer before they are displayed. All posters and banners displayed must bear the official stamp issued by the Returning Officer.
In general, campaign posters and banners may be hung on street lamp posts and trees along public roads, but they are not allowed within a radius of 50 metres from a polling station.
Purchase of Registers of Electors to communicate with electors
Under the law, political parties, election candidates and their election agents can use the information recorded in the Registers of Electors (e.g. elector’s name and address) to communicate with electors. They must not use the information for commercial or other purposes.
The Registers of Electors come in two formats:
- Softcopy (i.e. a CD-ROM; ready after 1 week upon request).
- Hard copy (i.e. a printed document; ready after 2 weeks upon request).
The pricing of the Registers of Electors (inclusive of 7% GST) is:
|Type of electoral division||CD-ROM (S$)||Hard Copy (S$)|
Political parties, election candidates and their election agents may put in a request to purchase the Registers of Electors using the Request to Purchase Registers of Electors form.Request to Purchase Registers of Electors (pdf file: 816 KB)