Bills to amend elected presidency, NCMP scheme

Changes to the elected presidency and the Non-Constituency MP schemes were introduced in Parliament yesterday, as part of a larger move to update the political system.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean tabled a Bill to amend the Constitution, which will be up for debate when the House next sits, most likely next month.

On a change that could have presidential elections reserved for particular racial groups from time to time, the Bill states that Parliament will decide which of the past presidential terms should be considered, if any, in determining when the next reserved election will be.

Separate committees will also be set up in the future to certify if candidates belong to particular racial communities.

Meanwhile, the maximum number of NCMPs will be increased from the current nine to 12.

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Key changes to EP and NCMP schemes introduced

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2016, with the headline 'Bills to amend elected presidency, NCMP scheme'. Print Edition | Subscribe