Voter rolls open for checking from today

Two people have collected application forms since the applications opened earlier this month.
Two people have collected application forms since the applications opened earlier this month. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singaporeans can check if they are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election from today, the Elections Department (ELD) said yesterday.

It has completed its update of the register of electors and will put it up for public inspection till July 3. This takes Singapore one step closer to the September presidential election.

The election is reserved for Malay candidates following changes to the Constitution last year to ensure minority representation in the highest office in the land.

People who meet the following criteria as of June 1 should have their name in the voter rolls: They must be a Singapore citizen, aged 21 or above, and not disqualified from being an elector under any current law. They must also have a Singapore residential address on their NRIC, or a local voting address for those living overseas.

Those in Singapore who want to check the register can do so on the ELD website (www.eld.gov.sg), at community centres or clubs, and at the ELD office in Bras Basah, while overseas Singaporeans can go to Singapore overseas missions that serve as registration centres. They will need to take along their NRIC or passport.

During the inspection period, Singaporeans can submit a claim on the ELD website, using their SingPass account, to be included in the register if their names have been omitted, or to update their particulars. They can also submit an objection to have their names removed.

The ELD said those who were removed from the voter rolls for failing to vote at a past election should apply early to have their names restored, so they can vote at the presidential election and future elections.

At the start of this month, applications opened for aspiring candidates for the presidential election.

So far, two people - Second Chance Properties chief executive Mohamed Salleh Marican, 67; and Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific chairman Farid Khan, 62 - have collected application forms.

The last day to submit application forms to stand for election is five days after the issue of the Writ of Election, expected to be shortly after the National Day Rally on Aug 20.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2017, with the headline 'Voter rolls open for checking from today'. Print Edition | Subscribe