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2 men charged with damaging PAP posters, removing PSP posters during GE2020

​SINGAPORE — Two men were charged on Wednesday (Nov 25) with damaging or removing election posters during this year’s General Election in July.

Two posters along Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 that belonged to the Progress Singapore Party during campaigning period for the General Election in 2020.

Two posters along Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 that belonged to the Progress Singapore Party during campaigning period for the General Election in 2020.

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SINGAPORE — Two men were charged on Wednesday (Nov 25) with damaging or removing election posters during this year’s General Election in July. 

Lim Song Huat, 48, faces three charges under the Parliamentary Elections Act for defacing and destroying posters from the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

The Singaporean is accused of tearing down two PAP posters on lamp posts along the service road of Woodlands Street 13 on the morning of July 3. 

He also allegedly used a black pen to draw a horizontal line across a third poster at the same location.

Constantine Paul, a 51-year-old Singaporean, is the other suspect accused of pulling down two Progress Singapore Party (PSP) posters that were hung on separate lamp posts along Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 on June 30 at about 8pm.

That area is part of the Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency.

Both Lim and Paul were arrested shortly after the damaged posters were discovered.

In two other incidents, the police said previously that a 13-year-old male teenager was assisting with investigations into damaged PAP posters in the vicinity of Hougang Avenue 10. 

The police also said that they were investigating a 62-year-old Singaporean man for allegedly damaging a PSP poster in the vicinity of Jurong West Street 92 on July 8. 

It is not known if these two individuals have been taken to task.

On Wednesday, Lim and Paul indicated that they intend to plead guilty. 

They will return to court on Jan 7.

Under the Parliamentary Elections Act, it is illegal for anyone to alter, remove, destroy, obliterate or deface any election posters or banners.

Those convicted can be jailed up to a year or fined up to S$1,000. 

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