SINGAPORE — Polling Day is set for Friday, 10 July, after Parliament was dissolved on Tuesday (23 June).
The announcement was made by Returning Officer Tan Meng Dui, CEO of the National Environment Agency.
Nomination Day is on next Tuesday, 30 June.
The Elections Department said in a press release, “Under the law, Polling Day at any General Election shall be a public holiday. Every employer shall on Polling Day allow every elector in his employ a reasonable period of time for voting.”
In a national address on his Facebook page and on free-to-air television and radio, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong explained the reasons for calling for the General Election now, citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expressing confidence that Singaporeans will vote wisely, Lee said, “This GE will be like no other we have experienced. Not just because of the special arrangements, but also the grave issues at stake. The new Government will have critical decisions to make, which will impact and influence your lives and livelihoods. These decisions will shape Singapore for many years to come, far beyond the five-year term of the next Government.”
The dissolution of Parliament by President Halimah Yacob on Lee’s advice comes more than three months after the release of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report.
In a post on her Facebook page, Halimah said, “This GE will be very different from previous ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that every care and effort be taken to ensure that our voters’ safety is not compromised. I would also like to urge Singaporeans to have open, civil and respectful conversations with one another during this period. For us to continue prospering as a nation, we must stay united and build upon our strengths.”
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