The Writ of Election has been issued for the 2015 General Elections! And more importantly, here are the dates that everyone wants to know:-

  1. Issue of Writ of Election: 25th August 2015
  2. Nomination Day: 1st September 2015
  3. Campaigning period: 1st to 9th September 2015
  4. Cooling-off Day: 10th September 2015
  5. Polling Day: 11th September 2015

There will be a total of 89 MP seats from 16 GRCs, 13 SMCs up for contests.

Here is PM Lee’s FB post on the Elections.

This morning I advised the President to dissolve Parliament and issue the Writ of Election. Nomination Day will be…

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The electoral process

Now for those who want to know more, here’s a short layout of the coming days.

  • Issuance of Writ of Election

As mentioned earlier, Parliament is dissolved and the whole election process starts with the President issuing a writ of election to the returning officer. The returning officer for the elections is Mr Ng Wai Choong, Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority. The Returning Officer will thereafter issue a Notice of Election, announcing the date and times of Nomination Day and Polling Day. Nomination Day can only be held after at least four full days from the issuance of this notice.

  • Nomination Day

Before Nomination Day, candidates interested in contesting must also seek a political donation certificate and a minority certificate from the Malay Community Committee or the Indian and Other Minority Communities Committee for a certificate stating he/she is a member of the Malay, Indian or other minority communities.

On Nomination Day, the returning officer or his assistants will be stationed at designated nomination centres between 11:00am and 12:00 noon to receive potential candidates’ nomination papers, political donation certificates and minority certificates. This timing is strictly adhered to.

Candidates are also required to provide an election deposit equal to 8% of the total allowances payable to an MP in the preceding calendar year, rounded to the nearest $500. This would be $14,500 this year. This deposit is forfeited if a candidates fails to secure more than 12.5% of the total valid votes in that electoral division.

  • Campaigning Period

After the nomination process is completed, campaigning can commence. The police will issue rally sites and times for political parties to conduct their rallies. Lunch time rallies in the city as well as during evenings at allocated areas within the heartlands will be held.

During this period, candidates or their election agents will inevitably incur cost. The maximum amount which a candidate can pay for an election campaign is $4.00 per elector on the register of electors in the electoral division.

Candidates are also allowed to put up banners and posters, which are limited by the number of electors. Banners and posters are also not allowed to be displayed 50 metres around a polling station.

  • Cooling-off Day

No campaigning is allowed on the “cooling-off day”. This is meant to allow voters to think and decide their votes based on the issues raised. Election advertising is also prohibited on this day and polling day..

  • Polling Day

Before polling day, all eligible voters will receive their polling cards informing them of their designated polling station. Polling stations are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Voters must report to the polling station assigned to them and elections officials are on hand at the polling station to assist voters in the electoral process. Polling day at a General Election is a public holiday.

After polling ends, the presiding officers will seal the ballot boxes. The boxes are brought to counting centres to be opened and counted. A recount can be requested if the difference between the number of votes is 2% or less.

After counting is completed, the results will be announced by the Returning Officer live on television.

P.s. Polling day at a General Election is a public holiday. As Polling Day falls on Friday 11th September, it is a Public Holiday

Cover picture from Straits Times