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Claims about self-inking pens, ballot papers with disappearing marks false: ELD

THE Elections Department (ELD) said online posts and messages claiming marks made by self-inking pens and ballot papers will disappear are not true.

The false information being circulated states that ballot papers and self-inking pens provided for the election have been treated such that marks made on the ballot papers will become invisible after several minutes.

The marks made using the self-inking pens are permanent. The ink is oil-based and water and temperature resistant, said ELD, adding that similar pens have also been used in elections elsewhere like in South Korea. Voters are also allowed to bring their own pens to mark the ballot papers.

ELD also said the ballot papers used for this election are no different from past elections, and are printed under tight security conditions. ELD said it is committed to ensuring voting security and secrecy, and has put in place rigorous controls at every step of the voting process to ensure this.

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RP apologises for Radin Mas candidate missing broadcast recording

THE Reform Party (RP) apologised to Radin Mas SMC voters for the party's candidate Kumar Appavoo, who missed his recording session for the constituency political broadcast that was scheduled to be aired on Tuesday evening.

In a statement, RP chairman Andy Zhu said it was "an unfortunate event that has happened under unforeseen circumstances which resulted in us missing the recording".

Mr Appavoo will instead present his personal broadcast on social media platforms, said Mr Zhu, who thanked voters for their "kind understanding" on the matter.

World wants to see several political parties in Singapore's parliament: SPP

THE international community does not want to see a one-party dominance in Singapore, but a diversity of political parties and viewpoints in government, said Singapore People's Party (SPP) chief Steve Chia. He said the world is looking to see how Singapore transitions from its third generation of leaders to its fourth.

"When they see that there is the PAP (People's Action Party), Workers' Party, the SPP and any other party, and we are able to debate sensibly and come up with sensible solutions... This is what will impress the international community even more and create even more confidence in Singapore," said Mr Chia, the leader of the SPP team contesting in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.


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