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Presidential Polling Day

August 4, 2011 by staff 

Presidential Polling DayPresidential Polling Day, Singapore will choose their next president on Aug 27, in what is shaping up to be the most intensely contested race from the elected presidency became a hallmark of the Singapore political system for nearly 20 years.

Saturday was declared a holiday for people to vote in the third elected president of Mexico.

Nomination Day will be August 17 with a nine-day campaign to attract an estimated 2.35 million voters – more a day of reflection when cool advertising campaigns and will be allowed.

The long-awaited car of the elections, issued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday, also said the nomination of candidates shall be held at the People’s Association (PA) in Jalan Besar.

And the Returning Officer is PA executive Yam Ah Mee manager.

So far, five men are facing the highest public office in Singapore, but if you are eligible for the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) will decide the contest.

The three-member committee will announce its decision on August 16, the eve of Nomination Day.

Eddie Teo, Chairman of the Public Service Commission, will be the head of the SGP and the other members are Chan Lai Fung, chairman of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, and on Saturday Pal Khattar, a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights.

Be assessed, among other things, the integrity of the candidate and his financial expertise and in the direction of a company with a paid capital of at least and 100 million dollars.

Four of the five applicants have applied for a certificate of eligibility.

They include former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan, 71, former MP Tan Cheng Bock, 71, former NTUC Income chief Tan Lian relatives, 63, and former senior Di Tan Jee, 57.

JTC Corporation’s former group finance director Andrew Kwan, 57, declared ineligible in 2005, has said it plans to deliver tomorrow his application. The deadline is Saturday 13:00.

Two terms of President SR Nathan, 87, is not seeking reelection.

Yesterday, the candidates took the news of the order in stride, saying they are ready.

Tan Lian told relatives: “My supporters are ready to go out and actively participate in the campaign.”

Tony Tan added: “I expect a vigorous exchange of views during the campaign, conducted with decorum and in a manner befitting the office at stake.”

By a quirk of the calendar, the appointment and voting dates and days are the same as in the presidential race last six years.

But beyond that, they are marked by great differences.

Nathan was twice elected without a contest. Kuan tried to enter the race in 2005 but was deemed ineligible.

By contrast, the upcoming elections could see at least a three-way fight.

Tony Tan – including former Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and president of Media Singapore Press Holdings – makes the cut. Tan Cheng Bock – a non-executive chairman of investment holding companies Chuan Hup – probably.

Tan Lian relatives may also qualify if the PEC agrees that NTUC Income – despite being a cooperative and not a company – is an appropriate size and complexity.

However, a question mark hangs over and Kuan Tan Jee Say.

Tan was regional director of the management of AIB Govett Asia now defunct, an asset management company. Did not have and $ 100 million in capital paid then, but argues that he qualifies because he managed several hundred million dollars in investment funds.

Kuan, to reinforce its offer in the second place, has said he will submit new documents, such as a performance evaluation.

This state of affairs, the level of competition looks to be more rigid than in 1993, the first in Singapore – and only – contested presidential election. Then, former DPM Ong Teng Cheong defeated his only rival, retired general Chua Kim Yeow counter.

Also noteworthy this time is the way applicants were presented.

The last elections were a matter quiet; with the government-backed candidates enter the fray.

Even the Contest of 1993 was designed by the People’s Action Party: Chua was a candidate reluctantly, having been persuaded by Goh Keng former DPM Swee and then Finance Minister Richard Hu would be detrimental to the institution in the making, if the first presidential race without competition.

This time, praise as needed. In fact, there could be a candidate backed by the government at all.

Following a “watershed” the general elections that political awareness, Tan Cheng Bock, a former veteran of the PAP MP, surprised many – including his former party – to emerge as an independent.

Tony Tan – his long ties with the establishment in spite of – has also stressed that he put forward without the support of any political party.

In the last 10 weeks, an intense debate about the role and responsibilities of the elected presidency also occurred.

Nearly two decades later, the institution could be said that the age of majority.

Said former nominated MP Chandra Mohan: “The democratic process has matured, compared to all these years that nobody really (by choice) is a different ball game today.”

And how the choice plays more to crystallize the understanding of Singapore and the support of the institution.

As an Institute of Policy Studies Academic Gillian Koh, said: “We are entering uncharted territory.”

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