19 May '11, 10pm

TODAY: Election poll raises questions #sgelections #sgelection

SINGAPORE - An election opinion poll conducted and published online before Polling Day has raised questions on the current set of laws which prohibit the publication of the results of such surveys during the hustings. The survey was conducted between May 3 and 5 by Australian company UMR Research. The survey findings were published by news wire agencies such as Associated Press, Reuters and Deutsche Presse-Agentur between May 6 and 7, before the polling stations in Singapore closed at 8pm on May 7. According to the Parliamentary Elections Act, publication of election survey results is prohibited during the period when the Writ of Election is issued till the close of polling. When contacted, UMR reiterated that it has not run afoul of the Singapore laws. Mr David Utting, a spokesperson for the company, said in an email reply: "UMR has not 'published or caused to be publishe...

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