The Elections Department of Singapore (ELD) is a department under the Prime Minister’s Office. It has the responsibility of planning and preparing for, and managing the conduct of presidential and parliamentary elections and of any national referendum in Singapore. The Department has under its purview the Registry of Political Donations (RPD). The RPD administers the Political Donations Act, the objective of which is to prevent foreign interference in the domestic politics of Singapore through funding.
ELD’s work extends beyond the period of elections. Between elections, ELD must ensure that the registers of electors are up to date, so as to be ready for any election called at any time. ELD develops and maintains voter education programmes to promote public understanding and awareness of our electoral system and voting processes. Its responsibilities include:
Training of election officials
Maintaining and updating the registers of electors
Planning for election manpower, premises, logistical and other related requirements for the conduct of elections
Informing the public about the electoral system and voting processes
Ensuring all electors have access to the electoral system and voting processes
Administering the Political Donations Act and campaign spending rules
Providing secretarial service to any appointed Committee responsible for recommending changes to electoral boundaries
ELD has a full-time staff establishment of about 28 officers, supported by a team of IT personnel. However, during a parliamentary election, presidential election or national referendum, ELD’s ranks swell to meet the challenge of steering the thousands of public sector employees engaged in the actual conduct of the election or referendum.