SINGAPORE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2017: POLLING DAY SET FOR SEPT 23
SINGAPORE– Singapores’ Presidential Election has been set for Sept 23 if more than one person qualifies to run for the position.
This was announced by the Elections Department on Monday (Aug 28), after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong issued a writ of election.
Nomination Day will be on Sept 13, at the People’s Association headquarters at 9 King George’s Avenue.
If there is only one eligible candidate, he or she will start the presidential term on the working day after Nomination Day.
Following changes to the Elected Presidency, this year’s election has been reserved for candidates from the Malay community.
Three potential candidates have declared their interest to contest the election � businessman Mohamed Salleh Marican, Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific chairman Farid Khan and former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob.
With the writ of election issued, the presidential hopefuls must submit their applications within five days, and committees assessing their applications will have at least 10 days after the writ to do so.
So far, Marican and Farid have submitted their papers to the Elections Department.
Apart from the usual Certificate of Eligibility and Political Donation Certificate, interested parties also have to submit a Community Declaration form to the newly established Community Committee. This is to certify that the prospective candidate belongs to the community which the election has been reserved for.
On Nomination Day, a prospective candidate must complete the nomination paper, which must be signed by a proposer, seconder and at least four assentors whose names appear in the current registers of electors, said the Elections Department.
If more than one candidate stands nominated, the Returning Officer will then declare Sept 23, a Saturday, to be Polling Day. It will be a public holiday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK