Can people refuse to vote because they do not wish to be exposed to the virus?

A thought just occurred to me…during GE, a large number of civil servants, especially teachers will be mobilised for polling duties. Can they refuse to work because they want to avoid unnecessary exposure to Covid-19? Can they demand to be provided with masks because there will be some nature of work that may need closer proximity to voters (e.g. checking of register). But we are told that if we are not ill, there is no need to wear masks right? And masks are not supposed to be effective against Covid-19, only to prevent one from spreading to others.

Can people refuse to vote because they do not wish to be exposed to the virus? Will they be struck off the register?

And candidates get hit with SHN / LOA / HQO just before nomination day (or worse still become infected)? Can nomination by proxy be accepted? Or will the team be disqualified?

How many people will be on SHN/LOA/HQO at any time? Will they be deprived of their rights to vote?

What if a national lockdown becomes necessary after GE is called? Can undo the GE?

Wonder if the government has really thought through all the logistics. E-rallies and TV broadcast are only one part of the whole logistics. The actual nomination, polling and counting come with lots of different considerations. There’s a limit to how much safe distancing we can do when 2 million+ people are expected to vote within the stipulated polling period. And we do not have a properly tested system for postal or electronic voting. That will take a lot of time to build, test and audit thoroughly for security.

So many what-ifs.

It might after all, be better to wait out and even have to amend the constitution if the situation is still bad close to April 2021, or work out better logistics to support the process.

 

* Facebook post by Mr Yee Jenn Jong.

 

 

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30 Responses to “Can people refuse to vote because they do not wish to be exposed to the virus?”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Watch Teo Admiral Borak in Parliament as he defend GE as a MUST!!!…

    a Face tells a thousand words…evil done will show as you age never Graceful

    “Portrait of Dorian Grey” in person over the years on TV

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  • National Reserves vs Oppo:

    I don’t think any civil servant dare not obey.

    Singaporeans are Singaporeans.

    Ruled with iron fist.

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  • Election readiness ?:

    PAP Govt is ready with all election preparation completed. Just waiting for PM to give green light.

    If Voters don’t turn up, PAP will be just too happy, becos the voters who wont turn up most likely will vote Opposition.

    PAP and PA has done enough to ensure pro-PAP voters all will cast their votes for PAP. That’s why PAP is so confident to proceed with the election ASAP. This is my guess, unless others have a different opinion.

    If election happens now, it will be a severe slap on the Opposition. Oppies may be granted very short broadcast of their manifesto over TV. That’s all the airtime they will get.

    Unless Opposition parties get UN’s help to stop the election, PAP will proceed anytime soon. This is my assessment, if I’m correctly reading the clues PAP has been giving recently.

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  • PAPVID-20:

    Funny that you should ask this question…. “What if a national lockdown becomes necessary after GE is called?”

    There’s only one person who decides if sg will have lockdown, necessary or not, he calls the shot. There’s also only one person who decides when the GE will be. And both are the same person. So if he’s called for a GE, he die die must not allow our city to lock down until after the GE. So, this “what if” will never happen.

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  • PAPVID-20:

    The only “what if” I wanna ask is, if PM Lee dies from the Covid-19 infection after GE2020, will President decides on a new PM or another GE will be called?

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  • Yee Jenn Jong is naive:

    PAP is stupid to “waste” a good pandemic and the billions spent for combating the impact of the pandemic.

    “Can people refuse to vote because they do not wish to be exposed to the virus? Will they be struck off the register?” – If you are sick, do not vote. You will be struck off the register but can be reinstated at no cost / no penalty for the following GE.

    “And candidates get hit with SHN / LOA / HQO just before nomination day (or worse still become infected)? Can nomination by proxy be accepted? Or will the team be disqualified?” – Proxy nomination can be accepted with proof of SHA/LOA/HQO or medical certificate candidate has the virus. If the candidate dies before polling day the candidate / team is disqualified.

    “How many people will be on SHN/LOA/HQO at any time? Will they be deprived of their rights to vote?” – arrangement can be made for them to vote. Army can be used for this.

    “What if a national lockdown becomes necessary after GE is called? Can undo the GE?” No undoing of GE after votes are cast and counted.

    No physical rallies, only e-rallies will be allowed. No door-to-door campaigning. Parties can be given equal time on local TV and equal space on newspapers at government expense.

    No point waiting. The pandemic could last well into next year. The sooner to get it over with the better.

    If the opposition parties do not coordinate to avoid 3-corner fights they will surely lose big-time. Many will likely also forfeit their election deposit.

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  • Asd:

    I think it is consitutional to protect one’s life so not to risl getting infection is to protect oneself

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Straits Times: To see Singapore through Covid-19, essential to have strongest team and mandate with longest runway: PM Lee

    THE ABOVE IS PAP BULLSHIT “SPIN”. LHL insults the intelligence of Singaporeans. As long as PAP has a majority in Parliament it can do whatever it feels is needed in tackling the pandemic. He also assumes the opposition in Parliament will not work with the PAP in tackling the crisis – another insult.

    PAP does not have a monopoly on intelligence, competence and patriotism. PAP is NOT Singapore. Singapore is NOT PAP.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    PAPVID-20:
    The only “what if” I wanna ask is, if PM Lee dies from the Covid-19 infection after GE2020, will President decides on a new PM or another GE will be called?

    A no-brainer. Voters do not pick PM. They pick MPs. The dominant party decides who will be PM. So PAP will just pick another PAP MP to be party head. He/She will be PM.

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  • Can We Sue the PAP ?:

    If we happens to get the virus during the election, can we sue the PAP for damages ?

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  • wonder how?:

    hundreds are in quarantine, self or otherwise..
    tens are hospitalised.
    so how can a GE be called when there are so many who cant come out to vote?
    are they going to implement online voting for the quarantined…what about the sick and hospitalised..
    its not fair if theyre deprived of casting their one precious vote.

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  • TruBlu:

    I “LOCK DOWN’ myself and i am not going to any F GE POLLING STATION as COVID IS EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCE AND VOTERS SHOULD HAVE THE CHOICE OF NOT GOING TO VOTE IN THE CROWDS AND PRACTISE REAL SOCIAL DISTANCING NOT ONLY IN SHOPPING CENTRES LIKE NTUC FAT PRICE OR FAKE DISTANCING AT SING POOL OUTLETS?????

    THIS IS TOTAL CRAP!

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  • The party sure win is confirm one. The best the opposition can do is to boycott the GE so tha party win liao also no face and legitimacy.

    But knowing how selfish the opposition parties are (YES, ALL OF THEM), this will not happen. There will be a lot of 3 corner fights and the oppos will fall like flies.

    So its another no surprise resounding victory for the party while the oppos continue to lick their wounds till next GE.

    This time round, I see Aljunied will also be gone and WP may no longer have any seat in parliament. At best, I see maybe 1 SMC if the other oppos don’t go there gajiao gajiao.

    And then the victorious party will thank Progress Singapore Party for a job well done (to sabo the oppos creating many 3 corner fights). lol

    OK seriously and to be fair to PSP, even if they don’t go into the 3 corner fights, the other oppos also stand no chance one, so also technically cannot say they sabo lor.

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  • PAPVID-20:

    I know lah! You think I never voted before meh? So rude huh, you.

    You’re just assuming that pap wins the majority votes again while I assumed there’ll be more oppositions being voted. Remember what happened when Mahathir resigned?

    REGIME CHANGE is the solution: A no-brainer. Voters do not pick PM. They pick MPs. The dominant party decides who will be PM. So PAP will just pick another PAP MP to be party head. He/She will be PM.

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  • WakeupSG:

    [Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin took to his Facebook on Wednesday (25 March), calling Singaporeans who put aside the government’s advisories and travel abroad deliberately or go out by flouting the stay-home notice (SHN) “guilty of endangering lives” during the COVID-19 pandemic.]

    Can we also say that when govt deliberately calls for GE during this state of emergency when Covid-19 is still out of control which compels the govt to draw on SG Reserves “guilty of endangering lives?”

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  • Your guess:

    TRE Techie:
    The party sure win is confirm one. The best the opposition can do is to boycott the GE so tha party win liao also no face and legitimacy.

    But knowing how selfish the opposition parties are (YES, ALL OF THEM), this will not happen. There will be a lot of 3 corner fights and the oppos will fall like flies.

    So its another no surprise resounding victory for the party while the oppos continue to lick their wounds till next GE.

    This time round, I see Aljunied will also be gone and WP will no longer have any seat in parliament.

    And then the party will thank Progress Singapore Party for a job well done (to sabo the oppos). lol

    ….. is as good as mine. “selfish”, self-esteemed, self-serving, ….., loses ….. just like it happened in P.E. “selfish” dominates in numbers.

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  • @Your guess

    Honestly, I can say I understand why PSP is doing the 3 corner fights thingy but I doubt they can achieve the same effect as Dr M in boleh land.

    Anyway, its good to have dreams, albeit white ones.

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  • never voted pap:

    as long as we can vote, we vote OPPO.

    virus, we vote OPPO.

    no virus, we vote OPPO.

    as long as there is GE, we vote OPPO. we never let our votes go to waste. never know. we live in Aljunied. every vote for OPPO counts.

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  • what else:

    its just PAPs evil agenda to win without much of a fight .thats why they want to call for a GE amidst this CV.
    just call them spineless and cowards!.

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  • uselessgov:

    hello, SAME CASE SCENERIO with HALIMAH

    they want to FCUK YOU ALL !!!

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  • Yoda:

    “we are told that if we are not ill, there is no need to wear masks right? And masks are not supposed to be effective against Covid-19, only to prevent one from spreading to others.”

    If masks can ” only to prevent one from spreading to others.” does it also NOT prevent you from getting infected?
    Besides, how do you know you are not sick? Symptoms appear only after two weeks or more!

    By Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired
    source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/opini.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    REGIME CHANGE is the solution:
    Straits Times: To see Singapore through Covid-19, essential to have strongest team and mandate with longest runway: PM Lee

    …….

    So far I can only see how this “strongest team” fighting the virus is budget after budget just to keep people happy. How many more budgets do we need?

    WTF! Let’s contain the virus fist please. No more piece meal, half-part-six measures. How long the runway you need? Others can do it in one or two months, our PAP is asking for a year or more!!

    PAP please look around, others countries are celebrating their victory over the virus.

    There is a Chinese saying “立竿见影” (erect a pole to see its shadow immediately). But what the PAP is doing now trying is put up a toothpick to see if there is a shadow, than a chopstick, than a broomstick, and on and on until PAP could a shadow!!

    Just how long could this lasts? Is that the runway PAP needs?

    For crying out loud, our ministers are paid by million S$, this galaxy highest!!

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  • Great Asia:

    Will PAP fat cats disclose to you the travelling patterns of those infected people?

    Why they won’t tell you?

    Because Honourable Son wanted to exploit the Coronavirus crisis to hold the General Election. He used the health of Singapore to exchange for this legacy. As this will be his last General Election as PM of Singapore.

    He purposely kept Singapore “business as usual”, so that PAP fat cats have the time to plan and execute the General Election.

    He was planning for a big win at the expense of Singaporean health.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • S$m money faced pap folks:

    TRE Techie:
    The party sure win is confirm one. The best the opposition can do is to boycott the GE so tha party win liao also no face and legitimacy.

    But knowing how selfish the opposition parties are (YES, ALL OF THEM), this will not happen. There will be a lot of 3 corner fights and the oppos will fall like flies.

    So its another no surprise resounding victory for the party while the oppos continue to lick their wounds till next GE.

    This time round, I see Aljunied will also be gone and WP may no longer have any seat in parliament. At best, I see maybe 1 SMC if the other oppos don’t go there gajiao gajiao.

    And then the victorious party will thank Progress Singapore Party for a job well done (to sabo the oppos creating many 3 corner fights). lol

    OK seriously and to be fair to PSP, even if they don’t go into the 3 corner fights, the other oppos also stand no chance one, so also technically cannot say they sabo lor.

    bro, pap is very thick skinned one, since their S$m lifestyle is at stake if pap loses.

    look at pap jiak liao bee tony tan results vs esteemed Dr Tan CB during PE. pap Lj won by less than 1% and pap all gloat already.

    so even if pap wins by only 1 vote, the pap states times and pap mediacorpse shall Headline in Bold, landslide.

    YAH. win by 1 vote pap calls landslide.

    so to say pap can be shamed is like expecting pap to say they should stop stealing S$m from sheep CPF every year.

    it isn’t going to happen. because stealing is like taking drugs. once hooked, cannot stop until voted out of power.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Yes, people can refuse to vote because they do not want to expose to the virus. All the evil PAP women wing got to do is to remove off your name from voting in next general election forever. Unless you are voting for PAP in your VOTE, only then they will not exclude your vote next time .

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  • Pioneer:

    National Reserves vs Oppo:
    March 27, 2020 at 4:52 pm (Quote)

    I don’t think any civil servant dare not obey.

    Singaporeans are Singaporeans.

    Ruled with iron fist.

    I refer to the above comment.

    Civil servants have their union if they feel that they are unfairly treated whilst in employment. Let here what their Union chief has to say.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times website :Quote – “70 new coronavirus patients in Singapore, of which 41 are imported cases
    ….
    All in, 41 of the 70 new cases announced are imported.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
    PUBLISHED1 HOUR AGOUPDATED4 SEC AGO
    FACEBOOKWHATSAPPTWITTER
    Timothy Goh
    SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 70 new cases of Covid-19 infection on Saturday (March 28), bringing the total of those infected here to 802.

    The announcement comes after the authorities said that all long-term visit pass (LTVP) holders, including those who had been granted in-principle approval for an LTVP, and student pass holders, would have to obtain approval from the Government before entering Singapore from 11.59pm on Sunday.

    Among the cases announced on Saturday is one new case linked to the cluster at the PCF Sparkletots pre-school in Fengshan. There are now 26 cases linked to the pre-school.

    Another two cases were linked to the new cluster at SingPost Centre, which was announced on Friday. This means there are five cases linked to this cluster….. “Unquote.

    Response :So more new corona virus cases in Singapore? The question is whether all these checking on Corona Virus cases are checked accurately enough? How is one defined as corona virus suspect? Is it just based on temperature scanner measurement is enough to define one as corona virus? Maybe those are just dengue fevers suspect only ?

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times website :Quote – “Former Corner House chef Jason Tan to open his own restaurant in Tras Street

    Chef Jason Tan will be opening his own restaurant in September.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
    PUBLISHEDMAR 27, 2020, 4:50 PM SGT
    FACEBOOKWHATSAPPTWITTER
    Tan Hsueh YunFood Editor
    SINGAPORE – His new restaurant is in Tras Street, lined with shophouses and far away from the Botanic Gardens, but gastro-botanica will remain the focus of chef Jason Tan’s cuisine.

    The 38-year-old has left Corner House at the gardens and will be opening his own restaurant in September. He and an overseas investor have equal shares and they are collectively putting a high six-figure sum into the venture…. “Unquote.

    Response :When I was recently at Sim Lim, I saw a lot of shops at level 6 closed advertising for other people to rent their shop space. Now, with social distancing, yet this chef Jason Tan is opening his chef business in expensive rental space in Tras Street in September? Does he have sense in doing business? Even though I assume his cooking maybe super nice, but now is corona virus situation. So will his rich customers supporters come? Will he be throwing his money into the drain? Equal shares and overseas investor? Are those money coming from our Singapore reserves budget that is being utilised pumping out in a round about way going through an overseas investor giving them to set up a business in Singapore to artificially boost the economy, who knows ???

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  • Of course, you can:

    Can We Sue the PAP ?:
    If we happens to get the virus during the election, can we sue the PAP for damages ?

    Of course, you can. Did you think you will win? If you lose are prepared to pay PAP lawyers costs? Are prepared to be counter-sued (into bankruptcy) for defamation?

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  • APRelect:

    All points moot, conclusion already foregone, work pass holders long pass holders PR, foreigner new citizens power ahead to clinch 80% mandate.

    Except if covid prevents true born and bred Singapore local indigenous native citizens from casting votes thus negating the said mandate.

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