So it appears that PM Lee Hsien Loong (son of ex-PM Lee Kuan Yew) has proposed a “24-hour cooling-off” period before Polling Day. During this period, campaigning such as mass rallies, door-to-door visits and display of party logos and symbols in public places will be banned. This is apparently is extended to cyberspace as well and will be tabled in parliament in early 2010.
Local websites like The Online Citizen, Temasek Review, SG Politics and the Singapore Democratic Party have written their respective analyses of the proposal, which I recommend reading.
While some are quick to mention that this "cooling-off" period is in practice in other countries like Australia, they are not as quick to mention that they observe it with several variations. For example, in Australia, there is a 3 day period before election day where electronic (TV & radio) advertising is not allowed. All other public campaigning continues and newspaper & online advertisements are allowed right through election day without restriction.
I will let everyone know right now that I will not only post news reports but also my political opinions on my blog on the day before, and on the "cooling-off" day itself. I will post images and logos of the political parties and figures that I support and will blog about who I voted for and why.
I urge all Singaporean bloggers to join me because we have a right to post and share our opinions, political or not, on our personal blogs at any time.