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Organisation : Elections Department Singapore
Facility : Frequently Asked Questions FAQs
Country : Singapore

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs : http://www.ifaq.gov.sg/ELD/apps/fcd_faqmain.aspx#FAQ_33688
Home Page : http://www.eld.gov.sg/homepage.html

Can I still restore my name so that I can vote at the future election? :
You may apply to have your name restored to the Register of Electors after the election using one of the following methods:-
(a) Online application at the Elections Department website one month after the election.

(b) Submission of hard copy application form. The hardcopy form can be obtained from the Elections Department or any community centre/club during normal business hours, or downloaded from the Elections Department website.

The duly completed form should be signed and returned by any of the following methods:
– by post or hand to the Registration Officer, Elections Department at 11 Prinsep Link, Singapore 187949.
– by fax to the Registration Officer, Elections Department at 63362006.
– by email. Scan the duly completed application form and email to contact[AT]eld.gov.sg.

Please apply early to restore your name to the Register of Electors. The law prohibits the Registration Officer from restoring your name to the Register of Electors once the Writ of Election is issued.

I have not registered myself as an overseas elector. Is overseas voting compulsory? :
Overseas voting is a facility that allows Singaporeans who are residing overseas to be able to cast their votes at any of the 9 designated overseas polling stations. If you have not registered yourself as an overseas elector, you can still return to Singapore to cast your vote on Polling Day.

If you fail to vote on Polling Day, your name will be removed from the Registers of Electors by law. You can apply to restore your name to the Registers one month after the election.

Why is there a need for me to vote? Can I choose not to vote? :
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. All Singapore citizens whose names are in the Registers of Electors have to cast their votes on Polling Day.

If you fail to vote, your name will be struck off the Registers of Electors after the election. Until you have successfully applied for your name to be restored to the Registers, you will not be eligible to vote in subsequent elections.

Do I still have to vote if I am working on Polling Day? :
Yes, voting is compulsory. Polling hours are from 8am to 8pm. Under the law, all employers must give employees, who are voters, a reasonable period of time for voting. Affected employees are advised to promptly inform their employers if they need to request for time-off, so that appropriate work arrangements can be made to cover their duties when they are away. Polling Day for a General Election or Presidential Election (but not for a By-Election) is a public holiday.

Is it an offence if I do not wish to register a local contact address though I have an overseas address? :
No. Registration of local contact address is optional.

Voting In General :
Is Polling Day an official public holiday for the By-Election?
No, Polling Day for the By-Election is not a public holiday.

Do I still have to vote if I am working on Polling Day? :
Yes, voting is compulsory. Polling hours are from 8am to 8pm. Under the law, all employers must give employees, who are voters, a reasonable period of time for voting. Affected employees are advised to promptly inform their employers if they need to request for time-off, so that appropriate work arrangements can be made to cover their duties when they are away. Polling Day for a General Election or Presidential Election (but not for a By-Election) is a public holiday.

I have changed my NRIC address to an overseas address. Why am I not eligible to vote? :
Elections in Singapore are organised by constituency. Hence, every qualified voter needs to have a Singapore address registered with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in order for his or her name to be entered into the Register of Electors of a constituency. He or she can then cast a vote for the election in that constituency.

Why must I have a valid NRIC address or contact address in Singapore as on the cut off date? :
The Registers of Electors are compiled by constituencies based on the electors’ NRIC addresses or local contact addresses in Singapore registered with the Immigation and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) as on the cut-off date. Without such an address, your name cannot be entered in the Registers of Electors.

Please update your address to a residential address with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority if you have not done so.

I have received a poll card with a name that does not belong to my address. We do not know this person. Why? :
He may be a previous occupant who did not change his NRIC address when he moved out of this address. It is also possible that he is currently residing overseas and is using your address as his local contact address for voting purpose. You may wish to write to us at contact[AT]eld.gov.sg and provide us with the details of the person in the poll card. You may then subsequently disregard the poll card as no further action is required at your end.

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