HOW TO REGISTER AS AN OVERSEAS ELECTOR

Qualifying Criteria to Register as an Overseas Elector

Any Singapore citizen who is residing overseas may apply to be registered as an overseas elector to cast his vote at one of the 10 designated overseas polling stations, if he satisfies the following qualifying criteria:

As of the cut-off date for the registers of electors, he:

  1. is a citizen of Singapore (holder of pink NRIC);

  2. is not less than 21 years of age;

  3. is not disqualified from being an elector under any prevailing law; and

  4. (i) has a Singapore residential address on his NRIC; or

    (ii) if he 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), also known as a Local Contact Address (LCA); and

  5. has resided in Singapore for an aggregate of at least 30 days during the 3-year period before the cut-off date.


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. Application for registration as an overseas elector is open all-year round. However, in accordance with the law, applications will not be processed during the period from the 3rd day after the Writ for an election is issued until the Polling Day for the election. 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 allotted overseas polling station.

Application for registration can be made online via the eServices provided on this website using SingPass. If the applicant does not have a SingPass, he may still apply for registration via the eServices by logging in using his Date of Issue of NRIC. Once registered, the registration of an overseas elector will remain valid until such time when the registers are next revised. However, if he failed to vote in a contested election before the revision, his name would be removed from the registers of electors and his registration as an overseas elector will become invalid.

All registrations as overseas electors will lapse when the registers of electors are next revised. 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. Overseas Singaporeans who wish to vote at one of the overseas polling stations are advised to apply early to register as overseas electors. The Elections Department will also notify all previously registered overseas electors via email to remind them to re-register early.


Can Non-Voters Register as Overseas Electors?

Non-voters with local NRIC address

If a person had failed to vote at a contested election previously, his name would have been removed from the registers of electors. Such a person is known as a non-voter. Non-voters are encouraged to apply for their names to be restored to the registers early, and restoration will be based on their latest NRIC address or LCA.

If the non-voter is an overseas Singaporean and he wishes to vote at one of the overseas polling stations, he may apply to be registered as an overseas elector at the same time when he applies to restore his name to the registers. However, his registration as an overseas elector can only be processed if his application to restore his name to the registers is successful.


Non-voters with overseas NRIC address

If a non-voter, who wishes to vote at one of the overseas polling stations, has changed to an overseas NRIC address, he must first register an LCA with ICA. He can apply for his name to be restored to the registers of electors and register as an overseas elector at the same time, but these applications can only be processed after his registered LCA has been accepted by ICA.

Last updated: 26 Jul 2017