When will the next General Election be called?

Under Singapore’s electoral rules, the ruling party decides:

  • when to form the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC);
  • who shall comprise the EBRC;
  • what would be the EBRC’s terms of reference;
  • when to announce the formation of the EBRC;
  • when to dissolve Parliament and to call for the next general elections (GE); and
  • the date of the GE.

For GE 2015, it was only in response to a question in Parliament that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 13 Jul 2015 disclosed that the 2015 EBRC had been formed – and that it had been formed 2 months ago.

On 4 Sep 2019, it was announced that the EBRC for the next GE has been formed – and that it had been formed the month before.

Now we await the EBRC to release the electoral boundaries for the next GE. PM Lee has tasked the EBRC to further reduce the average size of GRCs and to create more SMCs than the current 13. So, we may expect the new electoral map to have significant differences from the previous electoral map. Only when the electoral map is released can prospective candidates really get themselves ready to stand for elections.

However, there is no prescribed time interval between the date the EBRC releases the new electoral map and the date when elections are called.

In Parliament on 13 July 2015, PM Lee also said: “… to the maximum extent possible, we will make sure that there is enough time elapsed so that everybody can read the report, understand it and know where they stand before elections are called.”

Then just 12 days later on 25 Jul 2015, the EBRC released the new electoral map for GE 2015.

1 month later on 25 Aug 2015, general elections were called, with Nomination Day set for 1 Sep 2015 and Polling Day on 11 Sep 2015.

I suppose Prime Minister Lee was of the view that 1 month was enough time for “everybody [to] read the report, understand it and know where they stand before elections are called.”

I beg to differ.

The new electoral map for GE 2015 was significantly different from the previous electoral map. Under the new map, 1 in 5 voters found themselves in a different constituency from the previous GE without having to move house.

The 2015 EBRC report gave no explanation or reasons for why and how they drew the boundaries for GE 2015. Prospective electoral candidates were given a very short time to decide and plan for the GE.

The interval between the date when the new boundaries were released (25 July 2015) and Nomination Day (1 Sep 2015) was just 37 days.

I am struggling to understand how PM Lee deemed 37 days to be “enough time” for “everybody [to] read the report, understand it and know where they stand before elections are called.”

Singaporeans are entitled to choose their leaders by elections which are free and fair. Can elections be regarded as fair if there is but only a short time between the date when the EBRC releases the new boundaries and the date when elections are called?

We do not have any independent body to assess what is a fair and reasonable interval between the date when the EBRC releases its report and the date when elections are called. All we have is an Elections Department which is answerable to the Prime Minister’s Office. We should really think of having an independent elections commission which will be in a better position to ensure best practices in the electoral process.

Our elected representatives have tremendous power over us. Their power over us is based on them having been properly elected. Hence, it is important for the electoral process to be as fair and unbiased as possible.

In the conduct of the next GE, many decisions are in the hands of the ruling party. I wonder after the EBRC releases the new boundaries for the next GE, how much time will elapse before the ruling party calls for elections?
 

 
Jeannette Chong-Alduross

 

 

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21 Responses to “When will the next General Election be called?”

  • Kuang:

    People do need to ready a one

    Man tent at home all time.

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  • BooLee Diamdiam Sue:

    Of course it’s not without reason that pm wanted to reduce the average size of GRCs and create more SMC. (Remember, his sibling called him d!shonourable!)

    Thanks to the WP voters of Aljunied GRC. If not for them causing a first GRC loss for the pap and sending 5 WP members into parliament, by now the size of GRC would surely have hit 8-10 members, not reduced.

    Here’s a question of “What If”. What if the EBRC were to hive off Teck Ghee (where pm is MP) as an SMC, would pm approve it? Or would he sack those in the EBRC before their report goes public?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Bloody “Chow Kar”-”Kia Soo” evil LEEgacy…a 1st world Nation will announce months ahead…and they call themselves 1st world…

    Even some 3rd world will announce early for even playing field even though mostly its uneven…but then they are 3rd world leh!!!

    Hey, you bloody sheeple can you NOT see what you are??? a bunch Kia Soo Coward NOT daring to Stand up to be COUNTED…no wonder the FTS are laughing at us…

    Claiming…”We are the BRAINS and you are The FOOLS!!!”

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  • Bobo:

    Can not blame PAP the ruling party what. Blame the 70% lor. A big hug to loyal WP supporters in Hougang and Aljunied. Without them, we habis.

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  • Election Process Untamperable?:

    I believe only that the election process is untamperable.

    But from a scientific , technological, creativity point of view, IS IT ABSOLUTELY UNTAMPERABLE ?

    So far, no Singaporean has the capability to answer nor talk about this.

    Why?
    Ask yourselves why.

    Yours
    Sergeant Major
    Ostrich Platoon

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  • Harder Truths:

    My bohmoh says this year….

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  • trublu:

    whether this year or next, i am more concerned with whether oppo can form a strong alliance before then.

    without strong oppo alliance,sorry it will be more of the same.

    there are daft sgs who refuse to see the critical point of getting more voiced for all sgs but there are oppo sgs who cant see the IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG OPPO ALLIANCE!

    NO OPPO ALLIANCE MEANS WE WILL NOT WITNESS REAL CHANGE.
    WP may even lose AJ THIS TIME AROUND,I CALL A SPADE A SPADE,even if you hate me for it.

    all i care for is not adulation but to say what i think is truthful.

    i hope in the least,SDP COMBINE WITH PSP.

    IF THERE IS AN OPPO ALLIANCE AND WP DOES NOT PARTAKE,I WILL VOTE FOR ALLIANCE AT AJ.

    IF NO ALLAINCE AND ONLY PAP N WP,I ABSTAIN.
    ENOUGH OF CRAPS FROM BOTH.

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  • INSIDE 200m is not within 200m:

    in a land where INDIAN is malay, pap clown is worried.

    joblessness of local born is rising. even though new citizens are admitted, the number of local born sheep outnumbers the number of new sheep.

    and despite 70% sheep voted as sheep GE2015, pap clown knows GE2019 can be different. as he looked across the causeway at his durian selfie buddy najib and najib wife, pap clown and pap clown wife do not want the same fate.

    so they try all manner of GE2019 fixing. and abusing taxpayer money via pap mediacorpse to tell 70% sheep more HDB grants for over priced HDB rental units, school fees for preschool, lower tertiary fees for poly ITE Us.

    alas. no use. as soon as pap clown and pap clown wife maker says, enough, fix here fix there also no use. already gone case.

    Why New Government by a better group of Sporeans must form?

    Look at najib and najib wife. They had cpib agc spf bank negara under their thumb. Nobody could touch them. Only when their maker said, enough, did they face the true force of true justice.

    So the same with pap clown and pap clown wife.

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  • Reading of KS.:

    A little bird called Longan told me, a KIASU is as a KIASU does.

    It said this year.

    As to whether tamperable, it said it dare not reveal the edict of the heavens.

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  • Think out of the box:

    trublu:
    whether this year or next, i am more concerned with whether oppo can form a strong alliance before then.

    without strong oppo alliance,sorry it will be more of the same.

    there are daft sgs who refuse to see the critical point of getting more voiced for all sgs but there are oppo sgs who cant see the IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG OPPO ALLIANCE!

    NO OPPO ALLIANCE MEANS WE WILL NOT WITNESS REAL CHANGE.
    WP may even lose AJ THIS TIME AROUND,I CALL A SPADE A SPADE,even if you hate me for it.

    all i care for is not adulation but to say what i think is truthful.

    i hope in the least,SDP COMBINE WITH PSP.

    IF THERE IS AN OPPO ALLIANCE AND WP DOES NOT PARTAKE,I WILL VOTE FOR ALLIANCE AT AJ.

    IF NO ALLAINCE AND ONLY PAP N WP,I ABSTAIN.
    ENOUGH OF CRAPS FROM BOTH.

    If one can think out of the box, you will realise the possibility of PAP forming coalition with WP in a case where PAP lacks 6 seats to retain 2/3 majority.

    Could a deal be struck with wp such that wp get out of some tough situations?

    What then explains wp die die won’t help alternative coalition, not even willing to support PSP ?

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    Jeannette Chong-Alduross has many questions in her article, but again she is asking (or encouraging Spineless Sinkies to ask) all the WRONG questions!

    Given the state of the current mess, what does it matter on all these technical details, such as her:
    - when to form the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC)?
    - who shall comprise the EBRC?
    - what would be the EBRC’s terms of reference?
    - when to announce the formation of the EBRC?
    - when to dissolve Parliament and to call for the next general elections (GE)? and even
    - when is the GE?
    etc.

    THE KEY & MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION is still:
    WHO ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE FOR THIS TIME !!!!!

    Does it matter who, what, where, how, when GE date? GE is INEVITABLE, it will come when time runs out eventually. So why bother with the inconsequentials?

    You mean if GE is on Nov, you may vote Opposition or if its in Dec, you may change your mind and vote incumbent meh ?!?
    If your choice is dependent on such factors, then you are truly an Daft or trying to find EXCUSES for yourself to perhaps “give them another chance”?

    Last GE, the excuse was “Oh,Sinkies must vote for incumbent because must respect the auspicious “spirit of the recently dead Lee”??
    Then in an even earlier GE, the excuse for SSS is “Oh, old Lee still around, so must give his son support yah??”

    So you see, ALL these STUPID questions are just DIVERSIONS for the Daft to try to get EXCUSES or RATIONALIZATIONS for their own behavior; when everyone intentionally AVOIDS asking the IMPORTANT question that will have the greatest IMPACT on your future.

    If you think this incumbent is hopeless, then no matter how GRC boundaries changes, or who forms the EBRC or when they form etc. is NOT significant right?

    Ypur CHOICE in ballot slip is what matters most. Full Stop.

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  • Silkies are Timid:

    Election Process Untamperable?:
    I believe only that the election process is untamperable.

    But from a scientific , technological, creativity point of view, IS IT ABSOLUTELY UNTAMPERABLE ?

    So far, no Singaporean has the capability to answer nor talk about this.

    Why?
    Ask yourselves why.

    Yours
    Sergeant Major
    Ostrich Platoon

    You have proven why you suspected.
    No singaporean dare to ask the question you asked. This means no matter which alternative party wins a seat the mp WILL NOT DARE ASK MANY QUESTIONS. THEY WILL BE JUST LIKE WP.

    EVEN BLOGGERS DARE NOT PUBLISH ANY ARTICLE ON THIA QUESTION.

    OPPOSITION IS A MAKE BELIEF IN SINGAPORE.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:
    Jeannette Chong-Alduross has many questions in her article, but again she is asking (or encouraging Spineless Sinkies to ask) all the WRONG questions!
    …….

    THE KEY & MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION is still:
    WHO ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE FOR THIS TIME !!!!!

    Does it matter who, what, where, how, when GE date? GE is INEVITABLE, it will come when time runs out eventually. So why bother with the inconsequential?

    ……..

    If you think this incumbent is hopeless, then no matter how GRC boundaries changes, or who forms the EBRC or when they form etc. is NOT significant right?

    Your CHOICE in ballot slip is what matters most. Full Stop.

    We just need to send in more Oppositions into parliament and we would know the answer. Better still if we could turn PAP into opposition, a lot of thing would be answered and changed.

    I only wish to know why FEAR stops us from voting Opposition? Hong Kongers face tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, police brutality, jail to fight for their cause.

    That shows even Hong Kong women have bigger balls than our NS trained Singaporeans. Singaporeans only need to put a cross in the right box on a piece of paper! Is that so frightening?

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  • Freak Erections:

    Think out of the box: If one can think out of the box, you will realise the possibility of PAP forming coalition with WP in a case where PAP lacks 6 seats to retain 2/3 majority.

    Could a deal be struck with wp such that wp get out of some tough situations?

    What then explains wp die die won’t help alternative coalition, not even willing to support PSP ?

    What could Explain it?
    What if from the get go, since someone took over that party, he was implanted and tasked to perform this Role of Delay tactic as well as serve as Insurance against a Freak Erection ?

    A wildcard that is solution to handle a Freak Erection that one old man long dead was worried about?

    Its just commonsense to come up such strategies or pre-emptive tactics.

    Just think out of the box.

    Politics is child’s play in the eyes of the wise but not in the eyes of Ostriches.

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  • a PG:

    Do u think the EBRC dare to increase the SMCs by 20 nos.or more and reduce many oversized GRCs to many 3 members per GRCs ? Rmbr they have to submit their boundary changes reports for SOMEONE to approve it first. In fact, all electoral seats should be SMCs as originally on this land. I think out of kiasu syndrome (mentality), they created GRCs claiming that our minorities cannot win any seat alone. You may go through the past years GEs & BEs results in order to see the proof.

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    Silkies are Timid: You have proven why you suspected.
    No singaporean dare to ask the question you asked. This means no matter which alternative party wins a seat the mp WILL NOT DARE ASK MANY QUESTIONS. THEY WILL BE JUST LIKE WP.

    EVEN BLOGGERS DARE NOT PUBLISH ANY ARTICLE ON THIA QUESTION.

    OPPOSITION IS A MAKE BELIEF IN SINGAPORE.

    I do not agree with you here. For various reasons over the decades, I really do not think our GE results have been tampered with.

    Of course, you can state all the “unfairness” such as various gerrymandering with GRCs changing boundaries, or introducing new citizen voters (which frankly in my opinion would not really make a big difference if you look at the statistics) or even the electioneering process etc.; but these factors are still strictly all within our legal framework and NOT contravening the due process of democratic elections in any significant way.

    Really, there are foreign observers from our embassies here who watches the proceedings of our elections here, and any Singaporeans can also volunteer to be a vote counter.

    Why don’t you volunteer to be a vote counter and so witness for yourself if the process is secure enough or not, rather than just make aspersions which generate undue fear or cast suspicions without any proof?

    I’m not saying that the process is completely full-proof, as no process can ever be 100% watertight, but I do think that sufficient safeguards for election fraud has been in place for Singapore.

    In other words, the GE results are mostly representative of 70% Sinkie mindsets rather than of widespread fraud in vote counts.

    You would need GE procedural failures at multiple levels for a large enough fraud to actually shift the numbers sufficiently to make a difference. For example, double-counting (which happens on other 3rd world countries with a huge population) is near impossible here where everyone has a unique IC#. Again, not saying its impossible but HIGHLY unlikely to succeed on a scale to be effective in moving the needle, at lease to be worth the risks of economic sanctions from Western observers.

    Now, to address the other more valid concerns on GE process, I shall not repeat what others have already asked before and here’s the link to an old article answering such points for those too timid or kiasi to find out:

    http://www.transitioning.org/2015/09/08/ten-things-you-should-know-about-voting-on-11-sep/

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    cont’d…

    So vote without fear of reprisal. That is your birth right here.

    I myself have voted Oppies all my life (excepting those early years where there is no choice because of walkovers throughout the island), and me and my family are doing fine. I have never encountered any suspicious characters following me or had the police suddenly appear to do a spot-check on my vehicle etc.

    So please, the choice you make is all still up to YOU alone, regardless of whatever “unfair” tricks they play.

    Even if they play ‘unfair” tricks such as increasing new citizens proportion, but if local Sinkies who are still the majority change their behavior, then even the numbers of new citizens would not be able to shift the balance of power, if locals are really committed to change.

    Let’s say for argument’s sake, that new citizens can shift the percentage say 15% (which is not possible based on the official statistics of new citizens…unless of course you also doubt the official data from our ICA, then I cannot argue based on that and you win if you have proof that new citizen numbers are way higher than currently announced); so assuming the official numbers of new citizens are about 20,000 +/- every year is accurate, the max influence theses new citizens have would still be only about 5~6% points at most.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/singapore/comments/3kpjtv/the_impact_of_new_singaporean_citizens_on_ge2015/

    Long story short, is that even if we assume 15% influence of these new citizens, then ask yourself the vast vast majority of 55% baseline is still supportive of the incumbent correct? (70% -15% = 55%).

    So now, who decides the outcome of the GE? It is still the vast majority of so-called “true blue” Sinkies here! and one would suspect these Sinkies are the ones whom I deem to have the SSS syndromes, so don’t blame “unfairness” (which can be overcome easily by your own voting behavior) or some other factor(s) of GE fraud (which me and others have explained many times over)…

    ALL you have to do is LOOK IN THE MIRROR to see the GE result every 5 years. Ha!

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  • China X Suffrage:

    Spineless Sinkie Syndrome: I do not agree with you here. For various reasons over the decades, I really do not think our GE results have been tampered with.

    Of course, you can state all the “unfairness” such as various gerrymandering with GRCs changing boundaries, or introducing new citizen voters (which frankly in my opinion would not really make a big difference if you look at the statistics) or even the electioneering process etc.; but these factors are still strictly all within our legal framework and NOT contravening the due process of …….

    I appreciate your honest response. But
    the way you responded to my question proved a few things not flattering of you :

    1. The way you answered me is very unfair to my question. Since when have I ever said I there has been any tampering before?
    If you can show my even one evidence I will say you are right.
    Else your reply is simply A WRONGFUL ACCUSATION of me.

    I can sue you if I want.

    Of course I not gonna do that. I have no time for this kind of things.

    2. The way you responded shows you did not pass basic English comprehension. Why? You said I said there was tampering before. You cannot show one evidence.
    Please show evidence or else you know you are in the wrong.

    3. You could have just replied directly to my question that, Yes, there is a way for tampering because the process is not 100% ubtamperable.

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  • Enjoy popcorn:

    Im am going so enjoy PAP sweat for our votes.

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    China X Suffrage: I appreciate your honest response. But
    the way you responded to my question proved a few things not flattering of you :

    1. The way you answered me is very unfair to my question. Since when have I ever said I there has been any tampering before?
    If you can show my even one evidence I will say you are right.
    Else your reply is simply A WRONGFUL ACCUSATION of me.

    I can sue you if I want.

    Of course I not gonna do that. I have no time for this kind of things.

    2. The way you responded shows you did not pass basic English comprehension. Why? You said I said there was tampering before. You cannot show one evidence.
    Please show evidence or else you know you are in the wrong.

    3. You could have just replied directly to my question that, Yes, there is a way for tampering because the process is not 100% ubtamperable.

    You know, of all the places, we do not need anyone to flatter me here on an oppie forum.

    1. Which part is “unfair” to your question? Here’s an example, you said “No Singaporean dare to ask those questions…” which is why I gave you the website where those various voting questions had been asked long ago and MANY times by Singaporeans.

    You know thats what I hate about SSS like you copycat the PAP style… and FAILING.
    Lose the argument then threaten to sue? Go ahead and be my guest, if you think you’re a capable little SSS prickhead. Ha!

    In replying to Sergent Major Ostrich Platoon, you did imply that there is possible “tampering” of the GE, and which I think such misconceptions should be addressed (especially for other readers).

    2. Ok, whatever. I type fast and I’m not here to take English grammer lessons, least of all from you.

    3. Sonny, if you want politeness on a political topic, or am so scared of “losing face” in an anonymous forum, then go somewhere else or keep changing your online Name like you just did. Who really cares?
    Just do whatever you want to make yourself feel right.

    PS: You sound like a PAP-stooge or crony from the way you threaten to sue others. I’m guessing you maybe an PAP-IB sent here to sow FEAR and cast doubts on Singapore’s GE integrity, so as to convince other SSS to continue to be ‘kiasi’ and thus vote for the incumbent yes? Ha!

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  • mike:

    Last night i had a dream…

    If 4-man GRC-X have 8 polling centers…
    Result of polling centers:
    X1=75% support
    X2=70% support
    X3=65% support
    X4=65% support
    X5=55% support
    X7=45% support
    X8=40% support

    How can i create a situation that benefits me? This is what i dreamt doing:

    Create 1 single seat for voters from X7 & X8 polling center

    Create 4 seats each for voters from polling center X1, X2, X3 & X4
    Or create a new 5-seats GRC

    Absorb X5 voters into a strong nearby GRC-Y or combine with a near by polling center with 65%~70% support result to form a new single seat electorate.

    Instead of losing 4/89 = 4.5%
    Now i limit the damage with 1/90 or 1/91 = 1.1%

    I still have high chance to win 2/3 majority … yeah yeah….

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