Singaporean presidential election, 2005

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Singaporean presidential election, 2005
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  President of Singapore SR Nathan.jpg
Nominee S.R. Nathan
Party Independent
Popular vote Uncontested

President before election

S.R. Nathan

Elected President

S.R. Nathan

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The Singaporean presidential election of 2005 was held to elect the President of Singapore. The incumbent S. R. Nathan's first term was to end on 31 August 2005. The Writ of Election declared 17 August to be Nomination Day, and 27 August would have been declared Polling Day if more than one candidate were to stand nominated on Nomination Day.

After considering the candidates' applications, the Presidential Elections Committee issued a Certificate of Eligibility to Nathan, but declined to do so for the other candidates.[1] On Nomination Day, Nathan was the only candidate to stand nominated. He was re-elected, and was sworn-in for his second term of office on 1 September 2005.


21 application forms for the Certificate of Eligibility required to contest were collected, and forms were submitted by four candidates.

The applications were reviewed by the Presidential Elections Committee, which consisted of:

The Returning Officer was Tan Boon Huat, the Chief Executive Director of the People's Association.


  • S R Nathan,6th President of the Republic of Singapore

Declared ineligible[edit]

  • Kuan Yoke Loon Andrew, former chief financial officer of Jurong Town Corporation (JTC). Independent media in Singapore widely speculated that the PAP government was not prepared for Kuan's candidacy,[2] with the Think Centre NGO accusing the state media of "badmouthing" him.[3]
On 9 August, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for all candidates to be open about their records, so that Singaporeans could make an informed judgment on them. He also encouraged Andrew Kuan's former employers to come forward, speak freely and tell Singaporeans what they knew about him.[4]
On 11 August, Kuan's former employer, JTC called a news conference to provide details on the circumstances leading to Kuan's resignation in July 2004. Chong Lit Cheong, chief executive officer of JTC said that Andrew Kuan's work at JTC had been unsatisfactory since his first year there and he had been asked to resign twice in 2003 and 2004. No details as to how his work was unsatisfactory were provided, other than a note that no fraud or other crime was involved, and he needed "quite a fair bit of hand holding". In reply, Kuan noted that he had worked at JTC Corporation for 37 months, which had extended his contract several times, and he had been given performance bonuses and a raise during this period. Another company, Hyflux, also publicly criticised Kuan.[5]
Later, Kuan was disqualified by the Presidential Elections Committee for failing to meet the criteria for running for president. The committee said Kuan's seniority and responsibility as JTC's chief financial officer were not comparable to those required by the Constitution. A presidential candidate is required to have had experience as the chairman or CEO of a statutory board, or of a company with a paid-up capital of at least $100 million (Singaporean dollars).
  • Ooi Boon Ewe, real estate executive. His application for the Certificate of Eligibility was rejected by the Presidential Elections Committee due to his lack of experience and ability required by the Constitution.[1]
  • Ramachandran Govindasamy Naidu. His application for the Certificate of Eligibility was rejected by the Presidential Elections Committee due to his lack of experience and ability required by the Constitution.[1]


e • d Summary of the 17 August 2005 Singapore presidential election results
Candidate Votes
S. R. Nathan Without ballot


  1. ^ a b c Press Statement by the Presidential Elections Committee on Applications for Certificates of Eligibility (PDF), Singapore Presidential Elections Committee, 13 August 2005 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
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  4. ^ "PM Lee emphasises importance of electing the right person as President". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 11 August 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "JTC says presidential hopeful Andrew Kuan's work unsatisfactory". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 14 August 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 

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