15 Mar '11, 8am

Speakers' Corner restrictions to be gazetted once elections called

Speakers' Corner restrictions to be gazetted once elections called

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Elections Department has issued further details on the use of the Speakers' Corner - Singapore's version of London's Hyde Park - during the General Election. It has been reported that a police permit will be required for any activity held at the space during campaigning period. The department said the revocation of the Speakers' Corner as an "unrestricted area for public speaking and demonstrations" will be gazetted once elections are called. The department said: "Elections is a sensitive period when tensions can run high. In order to manage the heightened law and order risks and ensure that the election rally permit regime is not bypassed during GE, we have decided to revoke the status of the Speaker's Corner as an unrestricted area for public speaking and demonstrations under the Public Order Act (POA) during the campaigning period. "Similarly, e...

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