REGISTER OF ELECTORS
A register of electors is a list of all qualified electors belonging to the electoral division that the register relates to. There is one register for each electoral division. Electoral divisions (also called constituencies) are areas within Singapore demarcated for the purposes of elections. There are 2 types of electoral divisions in Singapore and they are the Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and Single Member Constituencies (SMCs). The registers of electors are prepared based on the electoral divisions.
The registers of electors are compiled from records kept by the Commissioner of National Registration by applying the eligibility requirements as of a prescribed date in accordance with section 5 of the Parliamentary Elections Act (Cap. 218). The date that the current set of registers is based on (i.e. the prescribed date) is 1 Jan 2011.
The eligibility requirements are:
- Citizenship: Must be a citizen of Singapore (holder of pink NRIC);
- Age: Must not be less than 21 years of age; and
- Residence: Must be ordinarily resident in Singapore.
- Not disqualified from being an elector under any prevailing law.
A register contains, amongst other things, the following:
- particulars of every qualified elector of the electoral division concerned;
- the elector’s serial number; and
- the code of the polling district (which is a sub-division of the electoral division) that the elector is residing in, according to his NRIC address.
Singapore citizens may check their particulars in the registers in the following ways:
- Online at the Elections Department website here;
- At community centres/clubs (with NRIC/passport);
- At Singapore overseas missions that serve as overseas polling stations (with NRIC/passport); and
- At Elections Department office (with NRIC/passport).
REVISION OF REGISTERS OF ELECTORS
According to section 14 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, the Prime Minister may require the Registration Officer to revise the registers of electors from time to time. However, the registers shall be revised not later than 3 years after every general election.
In revising the registers of electors, the Registration Officer shall enter the names of all persons who are qualified to be electors in the appropriate registers. After the registers of electors are revised, the Registration Officer shall give notice that the registers have been revised and are open for inspection.
Inspection of Revised Registers of Electors
The revised registers of electors are made available for public inspection for a period of 2 weeks. Singapore citizens may check their particulars in the registers online at the Elections Department website, or in person (with NRIC/passport) at community centres/clubs, Singapore overseas missions that serve as overseas polling stations and Elections Department office.
During the 2-week period, a person (herein referred to as claimant) may put up a claim to:
- Have his name included in one of the registers of electors (if he thinks he is a qualified elector but his name is not found in any of the revised registers);
- Update his name or particulars in the revised register; or
- Change his name from the revised register of an electoral division to another (if he has changed his address before the date the revised set of registers is based on).
A person (herein referred to as objector) may also raise an objection to:
- Remove his own name from the revised registers of electors; or
- Remove the name of any other person in the revised register of electors for his electoral division.
Inspection of Claimant List
After the 2-week period, Singapore citizens may inspect the claimant list that shows the list of valid claims whose names will be entered into the revised register of electors of their electoral division. This can be done over a 6-day period at community centres/clubs, Singapore overseas missions that serve as overseas polling stations and Elections Department office.
Certification of Revised Registers of Electors
At the end of the revision exercise, the Registration Officer shall certify the revised registers. Thereafter, he shall give notice that the registers of electors have been certified and that registers are open for inspection at all reasonable hours of the day at such places specified in the notice. The certified registers shall come into operation on the date of publication of the notice.
TIMELINE FOR REVISION OF REGISTERS OF ELECTORS 2014
The revised registers will contain the names of all Singapore citizens qualified as electors as of 1 Feb 2014.
|Inspection of Revised Registers of Electors
|18 Feb 2014 – 3 Mar 2014
|Inspection of Claimant List (6-day period)
||After the 2-week period
|Certification of Revised Registers of Electors
||By 31 Mar 2014