Updated: Jun 26
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had just made a live address to the nation at 4.00pm on 23 June 2020!
Singapore will be coming to the end of the 5-year term of the current government and an election has to be called by April 2021. President Halimah Yacob, on the advice of PM Lee Hsien Loong, has dissolved Parliament on Tuesday,23 June 2020. Cabinet remains in charge and the public service will function normally. Writ of Elections will be issued soon.
PM Lee Hsien Loong assured that voters will be able to vote safely and political parties will be able to campaign effectively amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
On voters' safety, the Elections Department will be implementing additional safety measures on polling day. More polling stations (than previous elections) will be set up to reduce crowding. There will also be safety distancing measures at the polling station. Voters will also be given specific time slots to vote. Seniors will be given priority to vote ahead of others.
In addition, candidates can still go house-to-house campaigning in person, provided they observe the safe distancing precautions. Unfortunately, physical election rallies will not be possible. Instead, candidates can speak to voters on television and online via live streaming.
Nomination Day: 30 June 2020
Cooling-off Day: 9 July 2020
Polling Day: 10 July 2020!
A total of 93 elected seats are available out of which 79 seats are in the 17 group representation constituencies (GRCs) and the remaining 14 seats are in the 14 single-member constituencies (SMCs)
17 GRCs - Aljinied, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Choa Chu Kang, East Coast, Holland-Bukit Timah, Jalan Besar, Jurong, Marine Parade, Marsiling-Yew Tee, Nee Soon, Pasir Ris-Punggol, Sembawang, Sengkang, Tampines, Tanjong Pagar, West Coast
14 SMCs - Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Hong Kah North, Hougang, Kebun Baru*, Macpherson, Marymount*, Mountbatten, Pioneer, Potong Pasir, Punggol West*, Radin Mas, Yio Chu Kang*, Yuhua
Let's all vote wisely and safely!
Note: Singapore is not the first to hold election during Covid-19. Korea and Taiwan have also held elections in the midst of Covid-19.