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Will polls see 'whale' v 'rhino'?

PICTURE THIS: Approved symbols for use by candidates in the coming election.


    Aug 26, 2015

    Will polls see 'whale' v 'rhino'?

    ALONG with the Writ of Election, a list of 15 approved symbols for use by candidates in the coming general election has been released.

    The list is for candidates, generally independents, who do not have a party symbol.

    According to the Parliamentary Elections Act, a candidate may choose a symbol that will represent him from among those approved, and the symbol should not have any racial or religious significance.

    If chosen by a candidate, the symbol will be used during election campaigning and appear on the ballot paper beside the candidate's name.

    For the coming election, which will take place on Sept 11, the candidate's photo will also appear alongside his name and symbol, the Elections Department has said.

    Candidates' photos on ballot papers were first introduced at the 2011 Presidential Election.

    The approved symbols for the coming election include a whale, a helicopter, a laptop, a rhinoceros, a ceiling fan and a lighthouse.

    The symbols are a repeat of those from the 2011 General Election, including the whale and ceiling fan. But others, like a camera and a heart, have been dropped.

    Parliament was dissolved yesterday. Nomination Day is Sept 1 and Polling Day will be on Sept 11, a Friday.