The Newbie’s Guide to Campaigning for PE2017

Want to hold activities to promote a candidate? Make sure you’ve been authorised.

29 Aug 2017

The Elections Department has released campaigning guidelines for Presidential Election 2017 ahead of Polling Day, which will be held on 23 September 2017.

Here are some important guidelines that candidates and their supporters should take note of:


• The President should remain above the political fray. It is not his/her role to support or oppose the Government of the day or to advance his/her own agenda or policies.

• Under the Constitution, the President has important ceremonial and representational roles as head of state. Therefore, the focus of the campaign should be on the suitability and integrity of candidates to discharge these functions, while maintaining the dignity of the office.


• Candidates are required to make a statutory declaration that they understand the role of the President under the Constitution.


• Each candidate will be allocated two blocks of 10 minutes’ airtime, free of charge, to make his/her statements across 17 Mediacorp TV channels, and Mediacorp and SPH radio channels.

• The first broadcast will be televised the day after Nomination Day, while the second broadcast will be televised on the eve of Cooling-off Day.

• Candidates may carry out campaigning on the Internet or through films. The films will be subject to the Films Act and Broadcasting Act, and must be submitted first to IMDA for classification.

• Live recordings of election activities do not need to be submitted to IMDA as long as they do not distort, dramatise, sensationalise or mislead viewers.

• Election advertising on the Internet by the candidates must abide by the Presidential Elections (Election Advertising) Regulations.


• Publication of exit polls and election surveys is not allowed from the day that the Writ of Election is issued until Polling Day, both days inclusive.


• There will not be any designated rally sites. Candidates who wish to hold rallies will need to secure rally sites on their own, obtain approval from the owners of the premises or sites, and apply to Police for a permit.

• For the printing and display of banners, posters, and campaign materials, candidates should refer to the Presidential Elections Act for the relevant rules.

• Under the Presidential Elections Act, any person who conducts activities to promote or procure the election of a candidate must be individually authorised in writing by the candidate or his/her election agent, on or after Nomination Day.

• Non-Singaporean citizens are prohibited from taking part in any election activity.

• The position of the President is non-partisan. Political parties should not be involved in campaigning using their party names or symbols.

• Civic, business or professional bodies that wish to participate in any political activity or allow their funds or premises to be used for political purposes need to ensure that their Constitutions allow them to do so.

• A cooling-off period where all campaigning must stop will be observed from midnight on Cooling-off Day and until after polls close on Polling Day.


• The Presidential Elections Act limits campaign expenses to 30 cents per registered voter or $600,000, whichever is greater.

Presidential Election timeline

Source: Elections Department, Singapore