Police reports filed against Iris Koh, M Ravi for social media posts during Presidential Election cooling-off period

SINGAPORE — The Assistant Returning Policemen exec has filed cops reports against Iris Koh, owner of anti-vaccine group Healing the Divide, and also pranced grip lawyer Ravi Madasamy, that is likewise known as M Ravi.

The pair — that possessed endorsed Tan Kin Lian at the existing presidential election — possessed continually posted election advertising and also advertising item electronic throughout the cooling-off period of the election, the Elections Department (ELD) asserted on Monday (Oct 2).

It is outlawed to hung paid or unpaid election advertising and also advertising throughout the cooling-off period for the presidential election in Singapore. This year’s cooling-off period initiated from Air conditioning-off Day on Aug 31, at 12am, and also ended up through the cozy of ballot on Polling Day on Sept 1 at 8pm.

Despite pointers on the constraint on campaigning vacancy and also election advertising and also advertising, Koh and also Ravi possessed hung “web content that can smartly be stressed as intended to exhilarate or bias the designating wins of a aspirant or to or else accession or bias the stomaching of a aspirant”, ELD asserted.

On Air conditioning-off Day, Koh possessed posted two reproduce videos on TikTok through such web content.

On the super same day, Ravi shared Koh’s video clip on Facebook, too as three videos on Facebook through the super same web content.

On Polling Day, Ravi likewise posted a fifth video clip and also another post on Facebook, both containing such web content.

ELD asserted the Assistant Returning Policemen exec possessed instructed TikTok and also Meta, which owns Facebook, on Aug 31 and also Sept 1 to immobilize access in Singapore to the social media post and also videos.

Under the Presidential Elections Act, the Returning Policemen exec can ordinance an electronic post to be retrieved rid of or ban access to it if he locates that the web content contravenes the Act.

Both TikTok and also Meta abided through these laws, ELD added.

The Assistant Returning Policemen exec has lodged cops reports against Koh and also Ravi for opportunity offences perpetrated under Suspension 42C of the Presidential Elections Act.

Those spotted guilty of posting election advertising and also advertising web content throughout the cooling-off period can be fined up to $1,000 or put behind bars for not more than 12 months, or both.

The Straits Times has contacted the cops for more niceties.

Tharman Shanmugaratnam won the Sept 1 election by a landslide, racking up around 70 per cent of the valid ballots, and also was sworn in as Head of insurance claim on Sept 14.

This devise-up was initially posted in The Straits Times. Authorization crucial for recreation.

Related Articles

Back to top button