Any Singapore citizen who is residing overseas may apply to be registered as an overseas elector to cast his/her vote at any of the 9 designated overseas polling stations, if he/she satisfies the following qualifying criteria:-
As on 1 January 2011:
He/she is a Singapore citizen not less than 21 years old;
His/her name is listed on a register of electors in operation1;
He/she is not disqualified from being an elector under any prevailing law; and
He/she is not resident in Singapore but has resided in Singapore for a total of not less than 30 days during the three years immediately before 1 January 2011.
An overseas Singapore citizen aged 21 and above will have his/her name listed on a register of electors only if, as on 1 January 2011, he/she still has a Singapore residential address registered with the Commissioner of National Registration (at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority) (ie. a valid local address in the NRIC), or if he/she had changed his/her NRIC address to a foreign address, he/she has reported a contact address in Singapore (referred to as “local contact address”) with the Commissioner of National Registration (see
for the definition of "contact address" under the National Registration Act).
How to Register?
Singapore citizens who are working or residing abroad may apply to be registered as an overseas elector to vote at one of the 9 overseas polling stations if they satisfy the qualifying criteria.
By law, registration will be suspended once the Writ for an election is issued.
Overseas Singaporeans who are successful in their applications to be registered as overseas electors will receive an official notification from the Elections Department informing them of the location of their assigned overseas polling station.
If you had failed to vote at a contested election previously, your name would be removed from the Registers of Electors.
You may apply for your name to be restored and this will be based on your current NRIC address (or contact address in Singapore, as the case may be).
You may also apply to be registered as an overseas elector concurrently.
However, your registration as an overseas elector will be processed only if your application for restoration of your name to the Registers of Electors is successful.
If you have changed your NRIC address to a foreign address, you must report a contact address in Singapore* to ICA at the same time.
This has to be done before you apply for your name to be restored to the Registers of Electors.
In which case, your application for restoration of name to the Registers of Electors and for registration as overseas elector will be processed only after your reported contact address has been accepted by ICA.
*The contact address you have reported will be forwarded to ICA for processing.
Application for registration can be made online via the eServices provided at this website using the person’s NRIC number and Singpass.
If he/she does not have a Singpass, he/she may still apply for registration, by submitting a completed and signed "Application To Be Overseas Elector" Form, by hand or post, to Elections Department or to any of the 9 overseas registration centres.
Registration will remain open until such time when the writ for an election is issued, and will be resumed only after the election.
All registered overseas electors accepted before an election and have voted in their contested constituencies, will remain valid after the election.
Those who did not vote for their contested constituencies will have their overseas elector status invalidated and they need to re-apply to be overseas elector after restoring their name to the Registers of Electors.
All registered overseas electors will lapse when the Registers of Electors are next revised.
When this happens, Elections Department will notify all registered overseas electors via email to apply for re-registration.
The date when the registers of electors are revised and exhibited for inspection will be published in the Government Gazette and announced to the public through the mass media.
Overseas Singaporeans can also subscribe to the free election SMS alert provided by Elections Department and be notified when the Registers of Electors are revised.
This service is available for Singapore registered mobile numbers only.
For more information on registration of overseas electors, you may refer to