A register of electors for an electoral division (also known as a constituency) is the list of all qualified electors in that electoral division. There is one register for each electoral division. Electoral divisions are areas within Singapore demarcated for the purposes of elections. There are 2 types of electoral divisions in Singapore: Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and Single Member Constituencies (SMCs).
The registers of electors are compiled from records of NRIC holders kept by the Commissioner of National Registration by applying the qualifying criteria 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 cut-off date) is 1 Jun 2017.
Any person who satisfies the following qualifying criteria as of the cut-off date will be entitled to have his name included in the register of electors for an electoral division corresponding to his address.
A register contains, amongst other things, the following:
particulars of every qualified elector in that electoral division;
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.
Singapore citizens may check their particulars in the registers in the following ways:
Online via the Elections Department eServices;
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).
Candidates may purchase a copy of the registers of electors and collect, use or disclose information recorded in the registers without obtaining consent under the PDPA as long as it is for the purpose of communicating with electors in accordance with the relevant laws, and not for commercial or other purposes. Candidates may also disclose information recorded in the registers to relevant persons such as their election agents provided such persons give their written acknowledgement that they are bound by the same restrictions on the use of information in the registers.
Candidates who collect, use or disclose the personal data of individuals must comply with the provisions under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). Candidates may also refer to the Advisory Guidelines on Application of PDPA to Election Activities published by the Personal Data Protection Commission.