Q:  When is GE?

A: On 23 June 2020, President Halimah Yaacob dissolved Parliament on the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Nomination Day will be June 30, next Tuesday (June 30), with the minimum of nine days to campaign before Cooling-off Day on July 9. Polling Day will be a public holiday.

Brief Summary of the Important Dates: 

  • 30 June: Nomination Day

  • 9 July: Cooling-off Day

  • 10 July: Polling Day 

Q: How can I vote from overseas? 

A: “Any Singapore citizen residing overseas who satisfies the qualifying criteria can apply to the Elections Department to be registered as an overseas elector.” You will be able to cast your vote at one of the 10 overseas polling stations, in: Canberra, London, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Besides the overseas polling station allotted to you, you will also be allotted a polling station in Singapore where you can go to cast your vote, if you are back in Singapore on Polling Day.

* Due to the COVID-19 situation developing in the cities where these voting locations are located, overseas voters may face some difficulty in being able to participate in GE2020. Here is an infographic that may be helpful for those who aren't sure what to do right now. The deadline for registering as an overseas is 25 Jun 2020 2359 (SGT).

 

For more info please see: https://www.eld.gov.sg/voters_overseas.html

Q: How do I know if I'm eligible to vote in the upcoming elections?

A: To be able to vote in the upcoming elections you must be 21 years old or older on the date the Register of Electors are based on, which is currently 1 March 2020. If you still aren't sure if you're eligible to vote, you can check your name in the Register of Electors by using your Singpass login here

Q: How else can I participate in the election besides voting?

A: Election Kakis is a non-partisan citizens' volunteer group that educates Singaporean voters on "voter secrecy" and encourages the direct participation of Singaporeans in the election process. You can find out more about what they do on their website and volunteer to be part of the election process, such as taking up roles as polling and counting agents. 

Q: Where can I find additional resources? 
A: Thanks to GE20Watch for the mention in their recent newsletter update, which introduced other resources for those who are interested in getting more in depth updates and information on the General Elections. Below are some other resources that go into much more detail and analysis: 

  • Of course, the main source of information would be Singapore’s Elections Department Website which has information for voters in its first tab. 

  • GE20Watch on substack. This online newsletter covers updates on election news and political analysis in more detail. 

  • Greenwatch / SG Climate Rally. SG Climate Rally (SGCR) and Speak for Climate (S4C) have teamed up for Greenwatch, with a focus on the climate policies that will be campaigned by the various political parties in the upcoming elections. 

  • Class Notes - organised and written by faculty and members & students of the Communications and New Media department in NUS. Their website covers features, break-down of key terms, and even data analysis.

  • CAPE (Community for Advocacy and Political Education) run by Yale-NUS and NUS students provide information in digestible Instagram-style infographics, ranging from topics of intersectionality to the recent discussion of the live-streaming of Parliament.

  • The Straits Times “Singapore General Elections” tag for new articles and coverage. 

  • New Naratif’s coverage of the Singapore General Elections 2020

  • singaporevotes.com a website created by Singaporean students. Covers candidate releases, party histories and coverage of GE news updates. Good resource especially if you're looking for backgrounds on the specific candidates contesting your constituency.

 

We will keep updating the list as we find more information/resources that might be useful!! 
 

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