Hi A.S.S. Editor

In news just that just broke, Halimah Yacob will be confirmed as the incoming Singapore President, as only one Certificate of Eligibility has been issued. This means that Singaporeans need not go to the polls to vote for their President, as it is widely believed Halimah Yacob is deemed as the only candidate eligible.

In a press statement released by the Elections Department, they stated that five Certificate of Eligibility has been issued, and of these five individuals, three declared that they belonged to the Malay community and applied for Malay Community Certificates. The CC referred all three applications for a Malay Community Certificate to the Malay Community Sub-Committee (MCSC), and the MCSC has concluded that all three applicants belong to the Malay community. The CC will therefore issue three Malay Community Certificates. As this Presidential Election is reserved for the Malay community, the CC rejected the two community declarations where the declarants did not declare themselves to be a member of the Malay community.

Only one individual will be issued with both the Certificate of Eligibility and the Malay Community Certificate. The Elections Department has notified all five individuals on the outcome of their applications. Reasons were also given to the unsuccessful applicants for a Certificate of Eligibility. The PEC and the Elections Department will not, in the first instance, publish the names of the unsuccessful applicants or the reasons given to them. This is to give effect to the recommendation of the Constitutional Commission that unsuccessful applicants should not be disclosed to the public, to reduce the prospect of potential applicants being dissuaded from stepping forward to contest the elections. An unsuccessful applicant is free to publish the reasons given to him or her.

Sulaiman Ashari

A.S.S. Contributor

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