Electoral boundaries 2015 report: What's next

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arriving at a polling station during the 2011 General Election.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arriving at a polling station during the 2011 General Election. PHOTO: BH FILE

SINGAPORE - Changes have been made to the boundaries of electoral constituencies ahead of the next general election.

One in five voters, or 19 per cent of voters, will find themselves in a new constituency, according to the report of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee made public on Friday.

The release of the report is widely seen as a sign that the next general election, which must be held by January 2017, is round the corner, with People's Action Party activists as well as observers expecting it to take place as early as September.

With the committee's report out, the next stage in the lead-up to Polling Day is for Parliament to be dissolved and the writ of election issued. In 2001, this happened one day after the boundaries report was issued, and in 2011, one month and 26 days.

 

Nomination Day must take place no earlier than five days and no later than one month after the writ is issued. Nomination Day is the start of the campaign period, which is required by law to be a minimum of nine days.

There is then a Cooling-Off Day, which falls on the eve of Polling Day when voters cast their ballots.

Here's a look at what to expect: