Constitutional Commission on elected presidency: Loke Hoe Yeong's submission

Mr Loke Hoe Yeong speaks during the Constitutional Commission 2016 public hearing, on April 18, 2016.
Mr Loke Hoe Yeong speaks during the Constitutional Commission 2016 public hearing, on April 18, 2016. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Political science academic Loke Hoe Yeong proposed that two candidates - one of whom must be from a minority race - run on a joint ticket.

If elected, one of the candidates will be vice-president and also take up the role of Parliament Speaker, similar to how the United States vice-president also heads the US Senate, said Mr Loke, who spoke on Monday (April 18).

After the hearing, Mr Loke, 31, summed up his submission to The Straits Times: "I believe it could be perceived as being very undemocratic if the Government designates that an office be only contested by candidates of a certain ethnicity. This concern was raised by Mr Lee Kuan Yew in the context of the Select Committee hearings of 1988 on the GRC system. I believe it applies with equal, if not more force to the elected Presidency."