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 10 designated overseas polling stations, if he/she satisfies the following qualifying criteria:
As of the date the registers are based on,
1. Qualification as an elector: A person must be a Singapore Citizen and 21 years old and above as of 1 Feb 2015, and not disqualified as an elector under any written law. In addition, in order that the person’s name can be entered or retained in a register, the person must have a Singapore residential address on his NRIC as of 1 Feb 2015. If the person is residing overseas and has changed his NRIC address to an overseas address, he must have a contact address in Singapore that he has registered with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) as of 1 Feb 2015.
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 10 overseas polling stations if they satisfy the qualifying criteria. By law, registration will be suspended once the Writ of 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 stations.
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 an overseas address, you must register a contact address in Singapore* with ICA. 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 registered contact address has been accepted by ICA.
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 post or fax, to the Elections Department or to any of the 10 overseas registration centres. Registration will remain open until such time when the Writ of 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 electors after restoring their names to the registers of electors. All registrations as overseas electors will lapse when the registers of electors are next revised. When this happens, the Elections Department will notify all registered overseas electors via email to re-register. The date when the registers of electors are revised and open for inspection will be published in the Singapore Government Gazette and announced to the public through the mass media.