Loiter inside vs outside polling stations

December 31, 1997
Singapore Democrats

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Those unauthorised persons who only wait or loiter inside a polling station on polling day do not commit any offence under the Act. (In his letter to then Law Minister Jayakumar, 1997)

– Chan Sek Keong,
the then Attorney-General
(Replying to the opposition’s complain that Mr Goh Chok Tong, and other PAP ministers being inside the polling station on Polling Day )

Section 82(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act reads:

“No person shall wait outside any polling station on polling day, except for the purpose of gaining entry to the polling station to cast his vote. No person shall loiter in any street or public place within a radius of 200 metres of any polling station on polling day.”