Tan Cheng Bock's legal challenge on elected presidency to be heard on June 29

Dr Tan contends that the counting of five terms should start with Mr Ong Teng Cheong, the first president to be elected to the post.
Dr Tan contends that the counting of five terms should start with Mr Ong Teng Cheong, the first president to be elected to the post.PHOTO: THE BUSINESS TIMES

SINGAPORE - The legal challenge mounted by former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock over the timing of the reserved presidential election will be heard in the High Court on June 29.

Dr Tan gave the update on the case in a Facebook post on Thursday (June 1) night.

In his post, he noted that the Elections Department had announced on Wednesday that candidates for the upcoming reserved elections can get application forms from Thursday.

"Following this news, many people have asked me whether my case is over. The answer is 'Not yet', " he wrote.

Dr Tan's challenge centres on whether the Government's counting of the five presidential terms needed to trigger a reserved election is consistent with constitutional changes to the elected presidency.

The Government started counting from Mr Wee Kim Wee, the first president vested with the powers of an elected president. Therefore, the upcoming election has been reserved for candidates from the Malay community.

Dr Tan contends that the counting of five terms should start with Mr Ong Teng Cheong, the first president to be elected to the post.

Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar Nair earlier said the hearing will likely last one day.