What is a polling card?
After Nomination Day, and if a qualified elector’s electoral division (also known as constituency) is contested, a poll card will be mailed to his latest residential address registered with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.
Elderly electors (i.e. 65 years old and above) will have a sergeant sign (">>>") printed on their poll cards. This indicates that they are entitled to join the express queue.
Replacement of Poll Card
If the qualified elector does not receive his poll card before Polling Day, a replacement poll card can be obtained through the following ways:
- Print out the ePoll card online via the eServices provided on this website using SingPass; or
- Seek over-the-counter assistance at a community centre/club or the Elections Department to print out the ePoll card.
How are votes counted?
On Polling Day, qualified electors can go to their allotted polling stations to cast their votes any time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Overseas Singaporeans who are registered as overseas electors can cast their votes at the overseas polling stations allotted to them.
Due to difference in time zones, voting at some overseas polling stations may take place before the poll starts in Singapore. However, all overseas polling stations have to close before the poll ends in Singapore. After an overseas poll is closed, the ballot boxes will be brought back to Singapore for counting and they must reach the Returning Officer not later than within 10 days after Polling Day in Singapore in order for the votes contained in that ballot box to be counted. The Returning Officer has the discretion to extend time by another 7 days for the overseas ballot boxes to reach Singapore if the total number of overseas electors is material to the election outcome and the Returning Officer is satisfied that any of the overseas ballot boxes is not likely to reach Singapore within the initial 10-day period.
After the close of polls in Singapore, the ballot boxes containing the votes cast will be sealed and transported to the respective counting centres.
A sample count is performed at the start of the counting process to get an early indication of the possible electoral outcome for the election. As the election result can be different from the sample count, the public should wait for the Returning Officer’s announcement to know the election result.
Counting of Votes
After the count, the Assistant Returning Officer will transmit the results of counting to the Returning Officer at the principal counting place. The Returning Officer will compile the results received from all counting centres in Singapore.
If the overseas votes have no impact on the outcome of the election, the Returning Officer will declare the candidate to whom the greatest number of votes is given to be elected. If the overseas votes have impact on the outcome, the Returning Officer will announce the number of votes cast in Singapore in favour of each candidate and will defer the declaration of the candidate elected until the day the overseas votes are counted. After counting the overseas votes, the final results will be published in the Singapore Government Gazette.