QUALIFICATIONS FOR CANDIDATES

For Presidential Election

A person is qualified to be a candidate for election as President if he:

  1. is a citizen of Singapore;

  2. is 45 years old and above on Nomination Day;

  3. is registered as an elector in the current registers of electors;

  4. is resident in Singapore on Nomination Day and has been so for a total period not less than 10 years;

  5. is not subject to any of the disqualifications specified in Article 45 of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore;

  6. is not a member of any political party on the date of his nomination for election; and

  7. has held office for a period of not less than 3 years in position of seniority and responsibility in the public or private sector as described below:

    • as Minister, Chief Justice, Speaker, Attorney-General, Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Auditor-General, Accountant-General or Permanent Secretary;

    • as chairman or chief executive officer of a statutory board to which Article 22A of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore applies;

    • as chairman of the board of directors or chief executive officer of a company incorporated or registered under the Companies Act (Cap. 50) with a paid-up capital of at least $100 million or its equivalent in foreign currency; or

    • in any other similar or comparable position of seniority and responsibility in any other organization or department of equivalent size or complexity in the public or private sector which, in the opinion of the Presidential Elections Committee, has given him such experience and ability in administering and managing financial affairs as to enable him to carry out effectively the functions and duties of the office of President.

For Parliamentary Election

A person is qualified to be a candidate for election as a Member of Parliament (MP) if he:

  1. is a citizen of Singapore;

  2. is 21 years old and above on Nomination Day;

  3. is registered as an elector in the current registers of electors;

  4. is resident in Singapore on Nomination Day and has been so for a total period not less than 10 years;

  5. is not subject to any of the disqualifications specified in Article 45 of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore; and

  6. possesses a sufficient degree of proficiency in spoken English, Malay, Mandarin or Tamil and, unless incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause, be able to read and write at least one of the said languages so that he can take an active part in the proceedings of Parliament.

Last updated: 26 Aug 2015