Question: Are political parties and candidates required to submit their scripts to IMDA for Internet campaigning?
Answer: Political parties and candidates can carry out campaigning on the Internet. There is no requirement to submit their scripts for such Internet campaigning activities, including online rallies.
Mediacorp is required to have political parties submit their scripts ahead of recording their Party Political Broadcasts on TV. This is to ensure that contents do not contain libellous statements or statements that may cause racial or religious tensions. This has been the same arrangement in place since the 1980s. Parties and candidates have also been briefed on this during the briefing on Friday 26 June 2020.
Political parties and candidates should conduct election campaigning in a responsible and dignified manner that befits the seriousness of the election process.