President Halimah is Singapore’s first female President
The Elections Department (ELD) has announced that only one candidate is eligible for the Presidential Election 2017, which means a walkover will be triggered. And yes, she’s the candidate you’re thinking of.
It’s Madam Halimah Yacob.
In a press release released today (11 Sept), the ELD confirmed that a total of 5 individuals applied for a Certificate of Eligibility, but only 3 applied for a Malay Community Certificate. 3
Malay Community Certificates were issued. An individual is required to have both the Certificate of Eligibility and Malay Community Certificate to qualify as a presidential candidate.
Only Madam Halimah Yacob had automatically qualified for the Certificate of Eligibility, because of her service as Speaker of Parliament. The other two Malay candidates, Mohamed Salleh Marican and Farid Khan did not automatically qualify, as their firms did not meet the $500 million shareholder equity benchmark.
As such, there will be no elections for Singapore’s 8th President.
While ELD did not name who the candidate who qualified was, it’s presumable that only the person who automatically qualified got the Certificate, and that person is Madam Halimah.
Madam Halimah Yacob will be declared President on Nomination Day, 13 September 2017.
With this announcement, Mr J. Y. Pillay’s stint as acting President will be cut short to 12 days.
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Featured Image via Halimah Yacob’s Facebook Page