14 Mar '11, 9am

Singapore eases rulings on Internet election advertising

SINGAPORE: Political parties, candidates and their election agents will now be able to use a broader range of new media platforms to conduct election advertising on the Internet. The changes follow amendments to the Constitution as well as the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act introduced last year. Internet election advertising can now be conducted via the following: podcasts, videocasts, blogs, micro-blogs (like Twitter), MMS, photo-sharing platforms (like Flickr), social networking sites (like Facebook) and electronic media applications like those found on mobile phones. Currently, this "positive list" only covers party websites, chat rooms, discussion forums emails, SMS and hyperlinks. Apart from this, candidates may also include appeals to forward their Internet election advertising, for example, through chain emails. Previously, they are prohibited from doi...

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