PM WANTS ELECTORAL ROLL UPDATE BY APR 2015

2,411,188 eligible voters as of 31 March 2014

PM Lee has called for the registers of electors to be updated no later than Apr 30. This was announced by the Elections Department today (2 Feb).

The revision of the registers of electors is said to be routine so as to ensure that the registers are current, according to the media.

This is the second time the registers of electors are revised since the 2011 General Election. The last update to the registers was in March last year.

In order to qualify as an elector, a person has to be a Singapore Citizen and 21 years old and above as of Feb 1, and not disqualified as an elector under any written law.

In addition, the person must have a Singapore residential address registered with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority as of Feb 1 so that his or her name can be entered or retained in the register for a constituency.

The Parliamentary Elections Act requires that the registers of electors be updated not more than three years after a general election [Link]:

Revision of registers

14.—(1) The Minister may from time to time, but in any case not later than 3 years after the last general election, require the Registration Officer to revise the registers of electors and complete the revision before such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.

(2) For the purpose of revising a register and of satisfying himself as to the entitlement of any person to registration or determining whether the name of any person should be inserted or retained in the register or expunged therefrom, the Registration Officer may make such inquiry as he may consider necessary either by himself or through a person appointed by him.

(2A) Any notice requiring information for the purposes of subsection (2) may be sent by ordinary post to the person from whom the information is required or may be delivered to him or to an adult member of his household.

(4) Every person who, being in possession of any information required under subsection (2A), fails to give such information to the Registration Officer or to any person appointed by the Registration Officer for the purpose, or wilfully gives any false information, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

(5) Without prejudice to subsection (4), if any person being a registered elector fails to give such information with regard to his entitlement to registration to the Registration Officer or to any person appointed by the Registration Officer for the purpose within 14 days after the service upon him by the Registration Officer of a notice under subsection (2A), his name shall immediately be expunged from the register by the Registration Officer and he shall not be entitled to have his name retained or inserted in the register for the ensuing year.

According to the last revision of the registers of electors last year, there were 2,411,188 eligible voters as of 31 March 2014.

The Elections Department will be providing more details on how Singaporeans can check the registers in the later part of this month.

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