Singapore will hold its general election (GE) on July 10th.
GE comes every five years and it is important that all voters in Singapore do their part.
As Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: “The new government will affect and affect your life and livelihood. These decisions will shape Singapore for many years, well beyond the next government's five-year period. "
Nevertheless, he urged Singapore's citizens to "think carefully and vote wisely".
Voting is mandatory in S’pore
According to the Singapore Election Ministry (ELD), voting in Singapore is considered mandatory.
It is a fundamental right to citizenship as well as a civil responsibility to be exercised by citizens to choose and elect their leaders in a democracy.
All citizens of Singapore, whose names are entered in the electoral registers, must cast their vote on election day.
– Singapore Electoral Division
So what happens if you don't vote on election day?
Simply put, your voting rights expire.
After the elections are completed, the returnee creates a list of non-voters (those who should have voted but did not).
The registration officer then removes these names from the certified voter register of the electoral departments to which they belong.
Non-voters cannot vote in later presidential or parliamentary elections and will be excluded from the election in the future.
How do I restore my name in the register?
A non-voter can restore his name in the register by submitting an application to the registrar explaining why he did not vote in the election.
A fee of $ 50 will be charged if a non-voter has no valid and sufficient reason not to vote.
Some valid reasons are:
- Working abroad at the time of the survey (including a business trip)
- Study abroad at the time of the survey
- Living with her spouse who works or studies abroad
- Overseas vacation
- Illness or birth of a baby
The application can be made online through the SingPass services provided on this website or through over-the-counter support at a community center / club or in the electoral department.
Note that once an election letter has been issued, recovery cannot be performed.
If you foresee in the future that you will not be able to vote in the upcoming elections (for the reasons mentioned above) but would like to vote in future elections, you can request that your name be restored in advance. The application process is the same as mentioned earlier.
Applications for the restoration of names received during the election period will only be processed after the non-voter list has been created after the election.
If you can vote later in the election, you can still vote in the assigned polling station and your previous request to have your name restored will automatically become invalid.
Remember that every vote counts and has the power to tip the balance in favor of a political party.
If you feel you haven't noticed the GE 2020 whirlwind, check our microsite for the latest election news, find out which constituency you belong to and who is running where on the campaign field.
Selected image source: Youth.sg
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