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    • Presidential Election to be held in September to avoid National Day celebrations

      SINGAPORE: If contested, the next Presidential Election, which has been reserved for Malay candidates, will be held in September rather than in August, which is when voting typically takes place. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Chan Chun Sing, announced this in Parliament during the second reading of the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill. The date revision does not require changes to the law. The Government is announcing changes early for transparency and so that prospective candidates can be aware of the changes.

      In his speech, Mr Chan provided the reason for the shift in timing. He said voting for a new president has typically been held in the last week of August, to ensure the process falls within the term of the sitting President, which ends on Aug 31.

      In 2011 for example, the Writ of Election was issued in the first week of August. Mr Chan said campaigning began shortly after National Day, and coincided with the month-long National Day celebrations. The revised timing would ensure the election is not held during the celebrations.

      For the upcoming election, Mr Chan said the government will issue a Writ in the later part of August, before President Tony Tan’s term expires. The shift of the election from August to September will also “reset the clock” so that future elections will take place outside the National Day period.

      Mr Chan said the Constitution allows for an acting President to assume office from the end of the incumbent President’s term until a new President assumes office.

      “If a new President is not elected by the time President Tony Tan’s term expires on Aug 31... the Constitution provides for the Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers or, if he is unavailable, the Speaker, to be the acting President. The acting President cannot exercise the functions of the President indefinitely,” he said.

      Mr Chan said current laws allow for changes to the timing of the polls to be made in time for this year’s Presidential election.

      The shift in timing will also cater to the longer time period required to assess prospective candidates as part of legislative changes.

      Under proposed changes to the Act, the deadline for prospective candidates to apply for a certificate of eligibility (COE) will be extended to five days after the Writ is issued. This is up from the current three days. This will give candidates more time to prepare their applications.

      Another change being proposed is that nomination day be held at least 10 days after the day the Writ is issued, up from the current five days. 

      - CNA/mo
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    • Parliament passes changes to Presidential Elections Act

      SINGAPORE: Parliament passed changes on Monday (Feb 6) to the Presidential Elections Act that will give prospective candidates more time to prepare their applications, and for authorities to better assess their eligibility. Under amendments to the Constitution, which were passed last year, the next Presidential Election will be reserved for Malay candidates.

      Like previous elections, prospective candidates can apply for the certificate of eligibility (COE) from Jun 1, or three months before the end of the incumbent President’s term. But their deadline to apply for a COE will now be extended to five days after the Writ of Election is issued, compared to three days previously.

      Changes were also made to the timeline leading up to Nomination Day, which is when candidates present their papers and certificates to the Returning Officer. It is also on this date when the Returning Officer declares if the only nominated candidate will be elected as President, or if there will be an election based on how many candidates are nominated. Nomination Day will now be held at least 10 days after the Writ is issued, an increase from the current five days.

      COMMUNITY DECLARATION BY CANDIDATES

      Prospective candidates will now need to submit their applications to the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) and a new community declaration to the new Community Committee. The Committee will constitute 16 members - the chairman and three sub-committees with five members each from the Chinese, Malay as well as Indian or other minority communities.

      In his speech during the second reading of the Bill, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing said the PEC must reject a candidate’s application if he or she does not submit the community declaration.

      “The community declaration is essential to the functioning of the certification process for the reserved election,” he said. Mr Chan said the declaration determines the community to which every person elected as President belongs. This is important as it sets out whether a future election needs to be reserved for candidates of a particular community. He said the declaration also ensures that only people of that particular community are qualified to stand if an election is reserved.

      RESERVED VS OPEN ELECTION

      In a reserved election, the Community Committee will accept a candidate's declaration only if he or she identifies himself to the community for which the election is reserved. The Committee will then refer the declaration to the sub-committee for that particular community.

      In the case of the upcoming election which has been reserved for the Malay community, the Committee will refer declarations of candidates to the Malay sub-committee. The Community Committee will only issue a certificate if the candidate has been satisfied to belong to that particular community. 

      Candidates will have to submit community declarations during open elections as well, but can run for elections if they have not received a community declaration but still meet all other eligibility criteria. 

      Prospective candidates during the next election will also have to submit a statutory declaration in which they declare their understanding of the role of the President as it is set out in the Constitution. 

      "This ensures that the prospective candidate is aware of the constitutional powers of the President, and is also aware of the constitutional limits of the Presidential office," Mr Chan said. 

      OTHER CHANGES

      Amendments to the Act included making changes to what constitutes a vote on the ballot paper. Mr Chan said disputes arose in previous elections over whether a mark over a candidate's photo or name could count towards a vote. Under new rules, the Returning Officer can only consider marks made by voters in demarcated areas on the ballot paper. 

      Returning Officers will also be required to carry out a recount if the difference in votes between a candidate with the most votes and the number of votes given to another candidate is two per cent or less of the total number of valid votes cast. Previously, this requirement depended on whether a candidate or counting agent made an application for a recount. 

      - CNA/mo
  • gekpohboy's Avatar
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    • To be honest, I already know who to NOT vote, if he contests in the upcoming presidential election.

      Quite high chance I will spoil my vote, if there's no candidate that I like.

  • Honeybunz's Avatar
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    • Sep got school holiday. If the voting day falls within, then many singaporean parents holidaying with kids, not in Sg.  How?

  • Alwin23's Avatar
    11 posts since Apr '17
    • Think before you vote, I don't usually vote. It makes me sick whenever I hear a bad news from the person who is elected and got my vote.

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    • waa.... holiday coming . thanks to mee siam mai hum. wonder which YES MAN he giving his hum or giving his char kway teow n keep his hum?  

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    2 posts since Apr '17
    • Elections in September then have formation then we have Presidential elections. Finally our control to the new government.

      Edited by FireIce 21 Apr `17, 7:53PM
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    • Applications for Presidential Election to open Jun 1

      SINGAPORE: Applications for the 2017 Presidential Election certificates will open on Thursday (Jun 1), the Elections Department (ELD) announced on Wednesday. 

      They will close five days after the writ of election is issued in August, ahead of the elections in September. 

      Application forms can be obtained from the ELD website and office from Thursday. 

      Applicants will be notified of the outcome before Nomination Day. Incumbent President Tony Tan Keng Yam will complete his term of office on Aug 31. In the interim period from Sep 1 to when the new President takes office, an acting President can perform the role of the President under the law. Application forms of candidates who are successfully nominated will be made public after the close of nomination proceedings, in line with recommendations of the Constitutional Commission.

      APPLICATION FOR MALAY COMMUNITY CERTIFICATE NEEDED

      As this year's Presidential Election is reserved for Malay candidates, prospective candidates must apply to the Community Committee for a Malay community certificate. The Malay community sub-committee, chaired by former Nominated Member of Parliament Imram Mohamed, will then assess the application.

      Members of the sub-committee are Madam Fatimah Azimullah, advisor to Singapore Muslim Women's Association, Mr Mohammad Alami Musa, president of MUIS Council (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore), Mr Yatiman Yusof, former senior parliamentary secretary and Mr Zulkifli Baharudin, executive chairman of Indo-Trans Corporation, a logistics and supply chain company across Indo-china. 

      AMENDMENTS TO SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

      Amendments to subsidiary legislation will be made following amendments to the Constitution in November 2016 and the Presidential Elections Act in February this year. These come into effect on Thursday.

      Under the amendments, in deciding whether a potential presidential candidate belongs to the Malay community, the sub-committee may interview him, ask him to provide more information and consult any person. The decision of the sub-committee will be final, ELD said on Wednesday. 

      Other legislative amendments include the revision of the nomination paper to include a statutory declaration that prospective candidates have read the explanatory material of the President and understand the role of the President under the Constitution. 

      "This is so that candidates will not be drawn to making statements or promises which exceed the constitutionally prescribed role of the President," ELD said in a news release. 

      Under the changes, applicants will have to provide their public or private sector service experience in the certificate of eligibility application form. 

      In addition, there will be a new form for candidates to voluntarily undertake that they will campaign for election as President in a manner that is "dignified, decorous and consistent with the President's position as the Head of State and the symbol of national unity". 

      Signed undertakings will be put up on the notice board together with the nomination paper on Nomination Day, according to ELD. 

      CHANGES TO IMPROVE ELECTION PROCESS

      The ELD said there would be three amendments to improve the Presidential Election process. 

      First, the overseas elector registration form will be revised to remove the need for applicants to fill in the periods they lived in Singapore in the three years before the cut-off date of the registers of electors. However, they will still need to declare that they meet the minimum residency period. 

      Second, there will be a new ballot paper format with clearly demarcated areas for voters to mark an "X" for their choices of candidate. Only markings made within these areas will be considered as valid votes. 

      Third, the prohibition zone for the display of posters and banners has been reduced in radius from 200m to 50m to allow for wider areas for the "legitimate display" of posters and banners by candidates, ELD said.

      Source: CNA/mz/ja

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    • Bourbon Offshore Asia chairman announces bid to be Singapore's next president

      Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/bourbon-offshore-asia-chairman-announces-bid-to-be-singapore-s-9021718

       

      Edited by Honeybunz 11 Jul `17, 4:30PM
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    • Halimah Yacob 'thinking about' running for President

      SINGAPORE: Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob said on Sunday (Jul 16) she is "thinking about" running for the Presidency.

      "I am thinking about it, about running for the presidency," Mdm Halimah told reporters at a community event in her Marsiling ward.

      "The EP (elected presidency) is a very heavy responsibility and an important institution in Singapore, so it's not something that one should take lightly. The duties are also heavy duties. So I have been thinking about it. It needs a bit of time to think.

      "I must say at this moment I have a lot of duties that I have to perform as Speaker, as member of Parliament. Those duties are also very dear, very important to me," Mdm Halimah added.

      "I need to consult my family, my colleagues. It's not a question that we can just I say, make a decision alone," she told reporters.

      Her comments come after 62-year-old Bourbon Offshore Asia chairman Farid Khan Kaim Khan formally announced his bid for candidacy on Tuesday (Jul 11).

      Following Mdm Halimah's comments, Mr Farid Khan said: "I welcome Madam Halimah's intention to contest in the upcoming Presidential Election."

      Mr Farid is chairman of marine services provider company Bourbon Offshore Asia. According to a statement by Mr Farid, the company operated a fleet of more than 500 vessels in 2016. It has about 9,300 employees in 45 countries.

      He said he is confident of qualifying as a Malay candidate, even though his identity card identifies him as 'Pakistani'. Under changes to the elected presidency, candidates will be assessed by the Community Committee as to whether they belong to the particular community.

      Another bid has come from 67-year-old Second Chance Properties CEO, Mohamed Salleh Marican who also announced his intention to run.

      This year's Presidential Election, which has been reserved for Malay candidates, will be held in September.

      Applications for the 2017 Presidential Election certificates opened on Jun 1, the Elections.

      They will close five days after the writ of election is issued in August, ahead of the elections in September.

      Prospective candidates must apply to the Community Committee for a Malay community certificate. The Malay community sub-committee, chaired by former Nominated Member of Parliament Imram Mohamed, will then assess the application.

      Applicants will be notified of the outcome before Nomination Day. Incumbent President Tony Tan Keng Yam will complete his term of office on Aug 31. In the interim period from Sep 1 to when the new President takes office, an acting President can perform the role of the President under the law.


      Source: CNA/mn

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    • Originally posted by QX179R:

      Halimah Yacob 'thinking about' running for President

      SINGAPORE: Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob said on Sunday (Jul 16) she is "thinking about" running for the Presidency.

      "I am thinking about it, about running for the presidency," Mdm Halimah told reporters at a community event in her Marsiling ward.

      "The EP (elected presidency) is a very heavy responsibility and an important institution in Singapore, so it's not something that one should take lightly. The duties are also heavy duties. So I have been thinking about it. It needs a bit of time to think.

      "I must say at this moment I have a lot of duties that I have to perform as Speaker, as member of Parliament. Those duties are also very dear, very important to me," Mdm Halimah added.

      "I need to consult my family, my colleagues. It's not a question that we can just I say, make a decision alone," she told reporters.

      Her comments come after 62-year-old Bourbon Offshore Asia chairman Farid Khan Kaim Khan formally announced his bid for candidacy on Tuesday (Jul 11).

      Following Mdm Halimah's comments, Mr Farid Khan said: "I welcome Madam Halimah's intention to contest in the upcoming Presidential Election."

      Mr Farid is chairman of marine services provider company Bourbon Offshore Asia. According to a statement by Mr Farid, the company operated a fleet of more than 500 vessels in 2016. It has about 9,300 employees in 45 countries.

      He said he is confident of qualifying as a Malay candidate, even though his identity card identifies him as 'Pakistani'. Under changes to the elected presidency, candidates will be assessed by the Community Committee as to whether they belong to the particular community.

      Another bid has come from 67-year-old Second Chance Properties CEO, Mohamed Salleh Marican who also announced his intention to run.

      This year's Presidential Election, which has been reserved for Malay candidates, will be held in September.

      Applications for the 2017 Presidential Election certificates opened on Jun 1, the Elections.

      They will close five days after the writ of election is issued in August, ahead of the elections in September.

      Prospective candidates must apply to the Community Committee for a Malay community certificate. The Malay community sub-committee, chaired by former Nominated Member of Parliament Imram Mohamed, will then assess the application.

      Applicants will be notified of the outcome before Nomination Day. Incumbent President Tony Tan Keng Yam will complete his term of office on Aug 31. In the interim period from Sep 1 to when the new President takes office, an acting President can perform the role of the President under the law.


      Source: CNA/mn

      Cannot cannot.

       

      http://mothership.sg/2017/07/theres-an-epic-battle-going-on-now-over-one-detail-in-halimah-yacobs-wikipedia-entry/

    • Originally posted by FireIce:

      就是她了loh

      this one also can

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    • Originally posted by Honeybunz:

      Cannot cannot.

       

      http://mothership.sg/2017/07/theres-an-epic-battle-going-on-now-over-one-detail-in-halimah-yacobs-wikipedia-entry/

      Her Wikipedia page has now been locked due to vandalism.

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