[UPDATE: 10 Sept] 

According to Channel NewsAsia, Dr Vivian has said that the post was accidental, and is the result of a “bug”. The Facebook post was originally uploaded on 4 Sept, and had been auto-posting since then. The tweet was sent out along with the Facebook post, since both social media accounts are linked.

In a statement, Dr Vivian also said that Facebook headquarters have been contacted, and an investigation requested.

We can’t wait for Zuckerberg’s reply.

PAP’s Vivian Balakrishnan might have violated Cooling-Off Day rules

 

Another Cooling-Off Day, another controversy.

4 years after Tin Pei Ling’s friend was let off with a police warning for leaving a Facebook comment with the politician’s account on Cooling-Off Day 2011, a People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate’s just gone and posted something on social media again.

This time, Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC) candidate Vivian Balakrishnan’s under fire for tweeting at 1.52 am, 10 Sept, a.k.a Cooling-Off Day 2015.

Terry Xu gets involved

Terry Xu caught wind of the offensive tweet, and has gone to the police with the screenshots.

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Mr Xu is listed as the Executive Editor of The Online Citizen, according to the TOC website.

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ELD says

According to the Elections Department, candidates are prohibited from campaigning on Cooling-Off and Polling Days.

Candidates are also advised to be careful of public conduct, and “avoid any action that may be perceived as campaigning”.

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The statutes say

According to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, candidates cannot publish any “election advertising” on, and on the eve of, polling day.

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Individuals caught breaking these rules face a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months.

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Featured Image via TOC, Facebook