Slightly more than 2.27 million Singaporeans are eligible to vote in the forthcoming Presidential Election if there is a contest. The Elections Department said the 2,274,773 eligible voters are fewer than the 2.35 million eligible voters in the May 2011 General Election.
That’s because of the nearly 140,000 voters who did not cast their votes in May, just over half have had their names restored on the Register of Electors. Another 5,500 overseas Singaporeans will also be eligible to vote at the nine overseas polling centres.
Nomination Day for the Presidential Election has been set for 17 August. Arrangements for Nomination Day would be very much similar to the recent General Election where candidates can file their papers between 11am and noon at the People’s Association HQ in Jalan Besar.
At the close of nomination, each candidate will be given two minutes to address their supporters. And if there is a contest, there would be nearly 780 polling stations islandwide on August 27.
There will also be 162 counting centres, with the principal counting centre at the Elections Department.
The Elections Department emphasised that the Presidential Election is different from the General Election as there is no constituency-based voting and the entire nation is involved.