Organisation : Elections Department Singapore
Facility : Non Voters
Country : Singapore
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** Voting at Singapore’s presidential elections or parliamentary elections is compulsory for all eligible citizens.
** It is part of the responsibilities of being an adult Singapore citizen.
** So, if you are an eligible voter and the presidential election or the parliamentary election in your constituency is contested, you must present yourself as a voter at your assigned polling station on Polling Day to cast your vote.
What if I do not vote at an election? :
** At the end of the election, the Returning Officer will put your name, together with all others who did not vote at the election, in the list of non-voters and pass that to the Registration Officer.
** The Registration Officer will then remove your name from the certified register of electors of the constituency you belong to.
** This means that you cannot vote at any subsequent presidential or parliamentary election, and you are disqualified from being a candidate at any subsequent presidential or parliamentary election.
Can I get my name back on the register of electors for my constituency? :
** You can submit an application to the Registration Officer with an explanation as to why you did not vote.
** Application may be made online via this website or in person at the Elections Department or any community centre/club.
** Alternatively, you can download the form here and submit it by post or fax to the Elections Department.
** However, a fee of $50 will be imposed if you do not have a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.
** Do apply for restoration of your name to the register of electors early. No restoration can be made once a Writ of Election is issued.
** Before your name is restored, you will not be eligible to vote or stand for election as a candidate in any election.
What would be regarded as a valid and sufficient reason for not voting? :
When applying for restoration of their names to the registers of electors, non-voters are to state their reasons for failing to cast their vote at the earlier election.
Some of the acceptable reasons are:
** working overseas (including being on a business trip) at the time of the poll
** studying overseas at the time of the poll
** living with your spouse who is working or studying overseas
** overseas vacation
** illness, or delivering a baby