Despite the on-going coronavirus pandemic, Singapore is to go ahead with its general elections that is scheduled to take place on July 10. The date has been confirmed by the Elections Department on June 23.
The Electoral Body, working under the Prime Minister’s Office said, “The returning Officer will declare 10 July 2020 (Friday) to be Polling Day”.
The upcoming election will be Singapore’s 13th general election since its independence.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, “We are still in the midst of COVID-19 so it will not be a normal election campaign.”
Singapore’s President, Halimah Yacob, on advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, dissolved the Parliament on June 23.
During the election period despite the Parliament being dissolved, the Cabinet remains in charge and public service will continue to function.
The Elections Department has issued measures to reduce the risks of transmission of the coronavirus on the election day. The measures include setting up more polling stations, requiring voters to wear gloves when entering polling booths, designated time-bands for seniors to vote, etc.
For election campaigns, mass rallies will be banned but constituency political broadcasts will be aired on TV with each candidate given three minutes of airtime, said the Elections Department.
PM Lee said that he was satisfied the election could be carried out safely and that parties could campaign effectively.