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Singapore orders online election advertising to disclose sponsors

Jun 09, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE - The government of Singapore on Monday set out new rules for internet election advertising, as the coronavirus pandemic is expected to push more campaigning online ahead of the general election that must be held by April 2021.

Effective immediately, paid election ads on social media and other websites must state who funded them - be it the candidate, a political party or an authorized third party.

Candidates will need to declare to the returning officer - the official overseeing the election - whether they are using such paid advertising.

With the election highly likely to be held before the pandemic is over, opposition parties have been calling on the government to clarify requirements for safe campaigning.

The government's election department contends that the rules will "Increase transparency and accountability" related to online political messaging, regardless of the virus situation.