The Elections Department has formally announced that Parliament has been dissolved. This paves the way for an election to be conducted. As Parliament has been dissolved, a general election must be held within three months.
This does not mean there is no government.
Article 26 of the Constitution (“Tenure of office of Prime Minister and Ministers”) does not list the dissolution of Parliament as a ground on which the PM or a Minister must vacate their office.
Instead, Article 25 (“Appointment of Prime Minister and Ministers”) states the President may appoint an MP as Prime Minister, even while Parliament is dissolved, but he/she shall not continue to hold office after the first sitting of the next Parliament unless he is an MP.
Speculation has already started.
Even before Parliament was dissolved, speculation already began on the date of Polling Day. Of notice was SCMP Senior Editor Zuraidah Ibrahim, who speculated that Polling Day will be on September 11th, Friday. Zuraidah is a former Political Editor at the Straits Times and the sister of Minister for Communications & Information Yaacob Ibrahim.
If Polling day is indeed on 11 September (as rumours suggested)
- Its a bloody inasupicious . Still in Hungry Ghost Month.
- Its a Friday. Long Weekend . . . AGAIN! . . although you will have to get up and vote (i.e. no leaving the country )
Here are the proclamations issued by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on the dissolution of Parliament, Nomination Day & Polling Day.