Judge rules PM has discretion to call elections
A High Court judge has ruled that the decision on whether to call an election to fill the vacancy of an elected Member of Parliament lies with the Prime Minister, and that he has the discretion as to when to call it.
"There is no requirement in the Constitution to call elections to fill elected Member vacancies," said Justice Philip Pillai in his 53-page decision on Wednesday.
"There being no such requirement, there arises no prescribed time within which such elections must be called."
His decision was in response to a Hougang resident's bid to get the courts to order the Prime Minister to hold a by-election in her ward within three months.