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Singapore safe election rules strip opposition of crucial weapon

Rallies banned as rights group says COVID-19 undermines 'already unfair' vote

SINGAPORE -- Coronavirus safety measures for Singapore's upcoming general election will put the ruling party's rivals at a disadvantage, opposition and human rights groups warned on Thursday, as the city-state announced its official campaign guidelines.

"Holding an election during the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen an election that is already not free," ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, a group of regional lawmakers, wrote in a report.

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