Polling day is a public holiday

SINGAPORE - Polling Day on May 7 is a public holiday.

This is in accordance with Section 35 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2.

Companies that Polling Day should be treated in the same manner as any other public holiday, said the Ministry of Manpower.

All employees covered by the Employment Act are entitled to paid public holidays, including the public holiday on Polling Day.

If an employee is required to work on Polling Day, he is entitled to an extra day’s salary for the day’s work, or be given another day off.

Employees not required to work on that day are also entitled to one day off in lieu, or be given one day’s pay, as per other public holidays falling on a Saturday.

For more information on the Public Holiday provisions under the Employment Act, please refer to the Ministry of Manpower’s website.

Schools get a day off too

AS a result of Polling Day on Saturday, May 7 being declared a public holiday, the following Monday (May 9) will be a school holiday for all teaching staff and pupils.

It seems two local universities will also rescheduling their examinations because of Polling Day.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) will be bringing forward its examinations a day to May 6. Students affected have been informed of the change in dates.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is also in the midst of reviewing its exam dates.

Its chief planning officer, Mr Chan Kwong Lok, said: "We will notify the students soon via email. They can also check their exam schedules at the NTU website."