Public submissions for NMP nominations to open from Tuesday

The Singapore Parliament House is pictured on March 4, 2014. Members of the public are invited to submit names of individuals they deem suitable for the role of Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) from Tuesday April 15. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
The Singapore Parliament House is pictured on March 4, 2014. Members of the public are invited to submit names of individuals they deem suitable for the role of Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) from Tuesday April 15. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Members of the public are invited to submit names of individuals they deem suitable for the role of Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) from Tuesday April 15.

Nominations close on May 20 at 4.30pm and forms are available at the Parliament House or through the Parliament website, the Clerk of Parliament said in a statement on Monday.

Speaker of the House Halimah Yacob will also meet representatives of seven groups to inform them of procedures required to submit their NMP nominations.

The seven groups represent business and industry, the professions, the labour movement, social service organisations, civic and the public sector, tertiary institutions and media, arts and sport organisations.

A coordinator has been appointed by Mdm Halimah for each group, to gather views and submit the names of suitable candidates to the Special Select Committee for consideration. The recommendations of the Committee will then be submitted to the President for appointment.

The seven coordinators are: Singapore Business Federation chairman Tony Chew, National Trades Union Congress president Diana Chia, Academy of Medicine master Lim Shih Hui, National Council of Social Service chief executive Sim Gim Guan, People's Association chief executive Ang Hak Seng, National University of Singapore president Tan Chorh Chuan and National Arts Council chairman Chan Heng Chee.

Potential NMP nominees should have brought honour to Singapore, distinguished themselves in specific fields or have been involved in public service, the statement said.

Under the Constitution, these individuals must be Singaporeans who are at least 21 years of age, in the current registers of electors and have lived here for at least the past 10 years.

Among other pre-requisites, they must also be proficient enough to take an active part in parliamentary proceedings.

The two-and-a-half year term of nine current NMPs represented in the House will expire this August.