Singaporean presidential election, 2017

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Singaporean presidential election, 2017
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26 August 2017

Incumbent President

Tony Tan

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The next Singaporean presidential election will be held on 26 August 2017. Incumbent President Tony Tan Keng Yam eligible to run for re-election.


The President is the head of state of Singapore. Following the Westminster system, the position is largely ceremonial, but enjoys several reserve powers including withholding presidential assent on supply bills and changing or revoking civil service appointments.[1][2] The current system of holding elections for the Presidency began with the 1993 election. Before then, the President was selected by Parliament.

There are strict requirements for prospective election candidates, and whether a candidate meets the qualifications or not is decided by the Election Department.

The Presidency is, by the rules of the Constitution, nonpartisan.

Parliamentary reform[edit]

On 11 March 2010, the Government tabled three bills in the parliament to amend the Constitution, the Presidential Elections Act and the Parliamentary Elections Act.[3] A one-day "cooling-off" day was implemented, during which campaigning was forbidden, with only party political broadcasts allowed. Internet campaigning was also formally legalised as a legitimate means of political campaigning.[3] On 26 April 2010, the amendments to the Constitution were passed by a vote of 74–1 after a three-hour debate on the bill.[4]

Potential candidates[edit]

Current president Tony Tan Keng Yam is eligible for re-election in 2017. Former presidential candidates Tan Cheng Bock, Tan Kin Lian and Tan Jee Say are also eligible for this election.


  1. ^ Constitution, Arts. 148A and 148D.
  2. ^ Constitution, Art. 22(1).
  3. ^ a b Channel News Asia. "3 bills tabled to amend Constitution, Presidential & Parliamentary elections". Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  4. ^ The Straits Times. "Singapore's constitutional amendments passed". Retrieved 27 April 2010.