Next Singaporean general election

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Singapore general election

← 2015 By 15 April 2021

89 seats to the Parliament of Singapore
45 seats needed for a majority
  Lee Hsien Loong - 20101112.jpg Pritam Singh at the Workers' Party general election rally, Serangoon Stadium, Singapore - 20110505.jpg
Leader Lee Hsien Loong Pritam Singh
Party PAP WP
Leader since 3 December 2004 8 April 2018[1]
Leader's seat Ang Mo Kio GRC Aljunied GRC
Last election 83 seats, 69.9% 6 seats + 3 NCMP, 12.5%
Current seats 82 elected 6 elected + 3 NCMP
Seats needed Steady

Incumbent Prime Minister of Singapore

Lee Hsien Loong
PAP



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Singapore's next parliamentary general election must be held by 15 April 2021. According to the Constitution, the Parliament of Singapore's maximum term is five years from the date of the first sitting of Parliament following a general election, after which it is dissolved by operation of law. However, the Prime Minister may advise the President to dissolve Parliament before the five-year period is up,[2] which might be happening around March 2020[3][4][5] A general election must be held within three months after a dissolution of Parliament. Singapore uses the first-past-the-post system of election, and voting is mandatory for all Singaporeans aged at least 21. Elections are conducted by the Elections Department, which is under the Prime Minister's Office.[6]

Background[edit]

The next general election will be the 18th general election in Singapore and the 13th since independence. The governing People's Action Party (PAP) will seek to secure their 15th consecutive term in office since 1959. The upcoming election is likely to be Lee Hsien Loong's last election as Prime Minister of Singapore.[7]

Electoral divisions[edit]

The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) normally publishes an updated list of electoral divisions just before elections are called. Prior to the latest amendments, there were 16 GRCs, each with four, five or six seats, and 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMC). There were a total of 89 seats contested in the 2015 general election.

On 1 August 2019, Lee convened the EBRC. The formation was only publicly announced on 4 September 2019, however the formation date was superficially stated as the month of August.[8][9] The exact date of formation was not known until it was publicly answered on 7 October that year, when Opposition Leader Pritam Singh asked Trade and Industry Minister, Chan Chun Sing in a written reply.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang to step down as secretary-general by next party election". Channel Newsasia. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ ELD. "Singapore Elections Department - Parliamentary Elections". www.eld.gov.sg. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  3. ^ F, Kathleen. (7 November 2018). "Singapore's GE13 could be held in 2019, say PM Lee". The Online Citizen. Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Singapore General Election in 2019 'Always Possible,' Lee Says". MSN. 7 November 2018. Archived from the original on 2 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ Stolarchuk, Jewel (7 July 2018). "GE2019? Elections Department begins training 30,000 public servants to serve as election officials". The Independent. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Singapore Elections Department - About Us". www.eld.gov.sg. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  7. ^ Kim, Jack; Howell, Martin (20 October 2017). "Singapore PM Lee says ready to step down in couple of years; no..." Reuters. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  8. ^ "PM Lee convenes Electoral Boundaries Review Committee". Yahoo! Singapore. 4 September 2019. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Elections Department announces formation of electoral boundaries committee". CNA. 4 September 2019. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  10. ^ Ho, Grace (2019-10-08). "Parliament Briefs: Electoral boundaries panel formed on Aug 1". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2019-10-15.