PE 2017: 5 applications received for certificate of eligibility, says ELD

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Singapore’s Elections Department (ELD) has received a total of five applications for the Certificate of Eligibility from candidates looking to run in the upcoming Presidential Election (PE).

Of these applicants, however, only three have applied for the Malay Community Certificate, said the ELD in a news release on Monday (4 September).

Given that this year’s PE is reserved for Malay candidates, those looking to contest are also required to apply with the Community Committee in order to prove that they are a member of the Malay community.

One person had applied for the Chinese Community Certificate while the other “declared that he does not consider himself to be a member of the Chinese community, the Malay community, or the Indian or other minority communities”, said the ELD.

“As this Presidential Election is reserved for the Malay community, the Community Committee must reject a community declaration if the declarant does not state that he considers himself to be a member of the community to which the election is reserved,” the release added.

The deadline for applications to be submitted was 5pm on Monday. Polling Day for this year’s PE is scheduled for 23 September while Nomination Day – on which eligible candidates will be announced – is set for 13 September.

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