The Workers' Party (WP) will again attempt to raise the issue of this year's reserved Presidential Election (PE) in Parliament, this time at the sitting scheduled for 2 October. In a Facebook post on Tuesday (19 September), the opposition party said that its chairman and Aljunied GRC Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Lim had refiled a notice to speak on an adjournment motion on the topic: “Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong for Reserved Presidential Election – Policy Decision or Legal Question?“.
Two former presidential candidates were among hundreds of people who turned up at Hong Lim Park on Saturday (16 September) for a silent sit-in protest against the recent presidential election.
Halimah Yacob will assume “the most controversial presidency in the history of Singapore”, former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock said on Wednesday (13 September). Extending his congratulations to the President-elect, Tan said in a post on his Facebook page that people “feel muzzled and angry” that there was a walkover for this year’s presidential election (PE), which is reserved for Malay candidates.
Halimah Yacob’s presidency has been tainted. The eighth President of Singapore will continue to be haunted by an electoral process that pushed her into a whirlpool of vitriol as her status as a Malay was questioned and her financial nous put under the microscope.
Online sentiment on Singapore’s 2017 presidential election took a sharply negative turn after former speaker of parliament Halimah Yacob was declared the sole eligible candidate on Monday (11 September), according to a report by Marketing Interactive.
The climax to a divisive presidential campaign came on Wednesday (13 September) as Halimah Yacob became Singapore's first female president, in what was derided by some as a foregone conclusion. The former speaker of parliament was formally inaugurated as the nation's President-elect by walkover as there were no other eligible candidates. Halimah was the only candidate to be issued a Certificate of Eligibility by the Presidential Elections Committee, with presidential hopefuls Salleh Marican and Farid Khan having been denied.
Video by Dhany Osman Former speaker of parliament Halimah Yacob was declared Singapore's President-elect on Wednesday (13 September). See highlights from the speech she gave at the nomination centre, located at the People's Association headquarters on King George's Avenue, after being appointed to the post.
UPDATE: Bourbon Offshore chairman Farid Khan has issued a statement in response to Halimah Yacob being declared as Singapore’s next president. Second Chance Properties CEO Salleh Marican said on Wednesday (13 September) he hopes President-elect Halimah Yacob will “heal the wounds”, two days after he was deemed not eligible to run in this year’s presidential election.
Perennial aspiring presidential candidate Ooi Boon Ewe made a last-minute attempt to submit his forms at the Nomination Centre on Wednesday (13 September). Aspiring presidential candidate Ooi Boon Ewe made a last-minute attempt to run in this year’s Presidential Election by turning up at the Nomination Centre on Wednesday (13 September). Ooi, 76, was seen outside the Nomination Centre at King George’s Avenue asking to be allowed to go into the building.
Barely minutes after former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob was confirmed on Monday (11 September) as the only eligible candidate for this year's Presidential Election (PE), a number of Singaporeans began using the hashtag #notmypresident in their social media posts.
Former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has pledged to be a unifying figure for Singaporeans, regardless of whether there is a presidential election. The 63-year-old is poised to be the first female president of Singapore, after she became the only candidate to be issued a Certificate of Eligibility by the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) for the upcoming election. This year’s presidential election, which would have been on 23 September, is reserved for Malay candidates.
Former speaker of parliament Halimah Yacob is the only candidate to have received the Certificate of Eligibility from the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) for the upcoming Presidential Election (PE). In a media release on Monday (11 September), the Elections Department (ELD) said the PEC had received applications from five individuals looking to contest the PE.
Aljunied Member of Parliament Sylvia Lim will not get to speak on the reserved presidential election at the upcoming Parliamentary sitting on Monday (11 September). In a Facebook post on Tuesday (5 September), the Workers' Party said that Lim had filed an adjournment motion on the matter on 28 August. An adjournment motion entitles an MP to speak for up to 20 minutes on his or her subject matter.
Presidential hopeful Farid Khan has denied an All Singapore Stuff report claiming that he backs a petition against Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi. "The report is completely untrue," said the 62-year-old chairman of Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific in a Facebook post on Tuesday (5 September).
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.
Presidential hopeful Halimah Yacob has submitted her application to run in the 2017 Presidential Election (PE). The 63-year-old former speaker of parliament is the last of three potential PE candidates to have turned in their forms, which she did at the Elections Department (ELD) on Wednesday (30 August) morning.
Questions about her independence as a prospective president and the possibility of a walkover dominated at a media conference where former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob unveiled key members of her campaign team on Tuesday (29 August). Responding to repeated questions about her long affiliation with the People’s Action Party (PAP) and perceptions by Singaporeans that she would not be an independent figure, the 63-year-old responded, “You must look at the candidate, and the contributions and achievements of the candidate, more than anything else.
The Elections Department (ELD) issued an advisory to candidates for the Presidential Election 2017 (PE 2017) on Monday (28 August), with guidelines ranging from election financing, protection of personal data to cybersecurity. The advisory comes after the Prime Minister’s Office announced earlier Monday that Polling Day is set for 23 September, if more than one candidate is eligible to stand in PE 2017.
The 2017 Presidential Election (PE) will be held on 23 September 2017, the Elections Department announced in a writ of election issued on Monday (28 August).
The Workers' Party has filed an adjournment motion on the upcoming reserved Presidential Election (PE) for the next sitting of Parliament on 11 September. In a Facebook post titled "Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong - policy decision or legal question?" on Monday (28 August), the opposition party said that Aljunied Member of Parliament Sylvia Lim had filed an adjournment motion with the above title.
Is this the end of Tan Cheng Bock’s political career? Tan had shrewdly kicked off his campaign early, being the first to declare – back in March – that he intended to run in this year’s election. The announcement came even before the Constitutional Commission had completed its deliberations on amendments to the Elected Presidency.
For the first time ever, and with more than a little controversy, Singapore will have an election reserved specifically for Malay candidates. But how many candidates will actually get to run? And will there even be an election?
Presidential hopeful Farid Khan has submitted his application to run in September's Presidential Election (PE). "We have submitted the documents and with confidence I can say that I will be approved. I qualify," said the 62-year-old chairman of Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific at a media doorstop on Thursday (24 August) outside the Elections Department, where he and his team handed over the forms.
Presidential hopeful Salleh Marican has submitted his application documents to stand in the upcoming Presidential Election (PE). “It would be good for Singapore if there is a contest, for if there is a contest, the people of Singapore would be satisfied that they have a chance to choose their next president,” he added.