Singapore's mainstream newspaper The Straits Times got into trouble with the law for publishing a poll result on the coming Punggol East by-election.
Specifically, Chapter 218 of the PEA reads," No person shall publish or permit or cause to be published the results of any election survey during the period beginning with the day the writ of election is issued for an election and ending with the close of all polling stations on polling day at the election".
The Straits Times article was published on Thursday 10th January 2013, a day after President Tony Tan had issued a writ for a by-election to be held on 26th of this month.
The Elections Department (ELD) has confirmed an ongoing police investigation into an election poll result published by the mainstream paper.
“In response to media queries about the poll on the Punggol East By-Election published in The Straits Times on 10 Jan 2013, the case is currently being looked into by the Police,” said a spokesman for the ELD on Sunday evening.
Local blogger Lee Kin Mun, better known as Mr Brown, first questioned the legality of the newspaper's actions on Friday evening, in a public post on Facebook.
He accompanied his question with the relevant section of the Act that specifically stated the period restriction under which polls cannot be made.
|Screenshot from Mr Brown's Facebook page|
Since the above mentioned person had been taken to task, let's see if the Straits Times will simply get away with it or be punished in accordance of the law.