Keyword : Elected Presidency

  • Shuffles towards Singapore’s fourth prime minister

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 07, 2017 | Hits: 7616

    On Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a Cabinet reshuffle. This is the third since the start of this parliamentary term in January last year. The first was in October last year when the notable shifts were the promotion of Mr Ong Ye Kung and Mr Ng Chee Meng to full ministers. The second,…..

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  • Why Reserved Elections for the EP Make Sense for Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 27, 2016 | Hits: 2892

    A recent survey of over 2,600 Singaporeans by market research agency Blackbox found that only 23 per cent thought it was “absolutely necessary” to improve the elected presidency (EP) system to ensure that minorities are given greater opportunity to become president. Around half (48 per cent) thought it was “good to have” and 29 per…..

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  • [The Angle] When Should the “Reserved Election” Provision Kick in?

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 13, 2016 | Hits: 2089

    The Constitutional Commission set up to review the Elected Presidency has recommended that after five consecutive terms without a president coming from a particular racial group, the next election would be reserved for candidates of that race. Assuming that the government implements the recommendations in full, there is the question of when exactly the first…..

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  • The Constitutional Commission’s Report: Ensuring Greater Clarity in Singapore’s Unique Governance System

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 13, 2016 | Hits: 1958

    Last week, the Government released to the public the recommendations of the Constitutional Commission to review the elected presidency. After six months of deliberation, the Commission, appointed by the Prime Minister on 10 February 2016, has been thorough in its analysis of the issues. It has considered suggestions raised by intellectuals, eminent persons and young…..

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  • [The Angle] Beyond “Safeguards”, Let’s Do More to Foster Accessibility, Unity and Trust

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 09, 2016 | Hits: 1852

    Anyone examining election data from the past four presidential elections in Singapore would notice the absence of ethnic Malay candidates. Since 1993, when the first presidential election was held, nine Chinese and three Indian men have applied to the Elections Committee for certificates of eligibility. We have had three elected Presidents — the late Mr…..

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  • A Speed Bump for our Multiracial Ideals

    By: admintest admintest | Jun 09, 2016 | Hits: 1568

    Before 1991, Singapore’s President played a symbolic role as Head of State and was appointed by Parliament, with a distinct purpose of ensuring that the position was rotated among members from the key ethnic communities of Singapore. As he represented the nation in his ceremonial and diplomatic roles, he could also be claimed to be a representative of his ethnic group.

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  • A Nudge for Singaporeans to Counter Racial Prejudice

    By: admintest admintest | Jun 09, 2016 | Hits: 2095

    Safeguards for minority representation in the Elected Presidency (EP) will not impede Singapore’s vision of being a society where race has no bearing on what one can achieve. Rather, having these provisions will further entrench in society the value of multiracialism and demonstrate a commitment to ensuring minority representation, even when it entails changing the existing system.

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  • Enhancing the Elected Presidency System

    By: admintest admintest | Nov 24, 2015 | Hits: 2251

    The office of the Elected President (EP) of Singapore is a political though non-partisan one. The EP swears an oath to uphold the interests of the nation in exercising, among others, two key veto powers on the use of national reserves and appointments to top public sector posts against the popularly elected governing executive, the…..

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