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 Mar 2020.
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 Services;
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).
Under the law, political parties, election candidates and their election agents may purchase a copy of the Registers of Electors and collect, use or disclose information recorded in the registers without obtaining consent under the Personal Data Protection Act (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. They may also disclose information recorded in the registers to relevant persons provided such persons give their written acknowledgement that they are bound by the same restrictions on the use of information in the registers.
Political parties, election candidates and their election agents who collect, use or disclose the personal data of individuals must comply with the provisions under the PDPA. Candidates may also refer to the Advisory Guidelines on Application of PDPA to Election Activities published by the Personal Data Protection Commission.