S’pore Presidential Election Polling Day To Be On 1 Sep, Nomination Day On 22 Aug

Polling Day For Singapore Presidential Election To Fall On 1 Sep

Singaporeans will have the chance to vote for their next president on 1 Sep, if more than one candidate qualifies for the presidential election. Like past elections, Polling Day will be declared a public holiday if there is more than one eligible candidate.

The Elections Department (ELD) will release the list of eligible candidates on Nomination Day on 22 Aug.

PM Lee Hsien Loong issues Writ of Election

On Friday (11 Aug), ELD issued a press release announcing that Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong has issued the Writ of Election.

Source: Lee Hsien Loong on Facebook

According to the Writ, presidential hopefuls will learn about their eligibility before Nomination Day, which falls on 22 Aug.

In the event that there’s only one eligible candidate, he will be declared President that day.

Polling Day for presidential election on 1 Sep if Singaporeans can vote

If more than one candidate qualifies for the election, the Returning Office will declare 1 Sep, which is Polling Day, a public holiday.

Each prospective candidate must pay a deposit of S$40,500 by Nomination Day.

The Returning Officer for this year’s Presidential Election is Mr Tan Meng Dui, the CEO of HDB.

Singaporeans urged to vote wisely

In a separate post on Facebook, PM Lee acknowledged that several individuals have signalled their intention to run for the presidential election.

He thus urged Singaporeans to assess the candidates carefully and “vote wisely” if it comes down to a contest.

The current hopefuls include:

  • former Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam
  • Harvey Norman Ossia founder George Goh
  • ex-GIC Investment Chief Ng Kok Song
  • ex-NTUC Income CEO & presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian

All four have launched their presidential bids in the weeks prior. Whether they can all qualify, we’d have to wait till 22 Aug to find out.

Here’s wishing them the best, and may the best candidate stand the chance to lead Singapore as President.

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