Court reserves judgment on Tan Cheng Bock's appeal


Dr Tan Cheng Bock arrives for court of appeal.
Dr Tan Cheng Bock arrives for court of appeal. PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR

The Court of Appeal yesterday reserved judgment on former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock's appeal against a High Court decision on the timing and basis of the upcoming reserved presidential election.

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said a decision would be made "as soon as possible".

Dr Tan's lawyer, Senior Counsel Chelva Rajah, argued it was unconstitutional for the Government to start its count of the five terms to trigger a reserved election from the term of president Wee Kim Wee, as he was not elected by the people.

But Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar Nair said Mr Wee was "elected under this Constitution" by Parliament, and therefore his term could be counted.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2017, with the headline 'Court reserves judgment on Tan Cheng Bock's appeal'. Print Edition | Subscribe