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    Sep 11, 2015

    ELD cites candidates who posted election ads on social media

    CANDIDATES who posted election advertisements on social media on Cooling-off Day yesterday have been reminded by the Elections Department (ELD) of the ban in place on electioneering.

    In a statement, the ELD noted that there were several election advertising posts on Twitter and Facebook by a few candidates and parties during the early hours of Cooling-off Day.

    It cited the People's Action Party (PAP), People's Power Party and Reform Party as examples.

    "Upon noticing these postings, the Assistant Returning Officer reminded these candidates and parties of the rules which prohibit election advertising on Cooling-off Day," the ELD said.

    The posts have since been taken down.

    Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, a PAP candidate in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, was one of those whose Facebook and Twitter accounts were updated on Cooling-off Day.

    In a post just before 2am, he described his day of campaigning in the Cashew ward of Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.

    Dr Balakrishnan later said his Cooling-off Day posts were an automatic repeat of a Facebook post he had originally uploaded on Sept 4.

    As his Facebook and Twitter accounts were linked, an associated tweet was also generated at the same time, he said.

    "We have contacted Facebook to conduct an investigation into the source of this bug. We have also requested that the page be locked down to prevent any further postings," he added.