A 51-year-old man and a 13-year-old male teenager are currently under Police investigation for allegedly damaging election posters in two separate cases along Bukit Batok Avenue 5 and Hougang Ave 10 respectively.
In the first case, on 1 July 2020 at about 1.50am, Police officers came across a damaged election poster belonging to the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) at the bottom of a lamp-post along Bukit Batok East Ave 5, and initiated investigations. Later that day, the PSP lodged a Police report about another damaged PSP election poster along the same road. Through investigations, officers from Jurong Police Division established the identity of the man who is believed to have damaged both posters, and arrested him on 2 July 2020 at about 1.50am.
In the second case, on 1 July 2020 at about 8.30pm, the Police received a report that the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) election posters had been damaged in the vicinity of Hougang Avenue 10. Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division subsequently established the identity of the teenager who is believed to have committed the act. He is currently assisting in the investigation.
Police investigations are ongoing in both cases. It is an offence under the Parliamentary Elections Act for any person to alter, remove, destroy, obliterate or deface any election posters or banners. The offence carries a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months.
The Police take a very stern view of persons who vandalise or cause damage to property, and will not hesitate to take action against them.
Source: Singapore Police Force