SINGAPORE--Singapore has spelt out rules for online election advertising and campaigning. Private sites are not allowed to support any party or candidate. The Web sites of political parties are allowed to post their manifestos, posters, candidate profiles and photos, and even hold forums. However, parties must appoint moderators for chat rooms and discussion forums during the election and keep logs of all messages. These moderators must try their best to remove messages deemed to be against public interest, public order or national harmony, or messages that offend good taste or decency.
Party sites are also permitted to seek members, volunteers or canvassers, and to publish notices of meetings or constituency visits. New rules detailing e-mail and SMS (Short Messaging Services) were also released under the Parliamentary Elections Act. The rules apply until the close of the last polling station on Polling Day.
Staff writer Susan Tsang reported from Singapore.