The Prime Minister has issued the Writ of Election, with Presidential Election 2017 being a reserved election for candidates from the Malay Community.
Nomination Day is on 13 September. If more than one candidate stands nominated on Nomination Day, the Returning Officer will declare 23 September to be Polling Day.
It was announced in Parliament on Monday, 6 February 2017, that the Presidential Elections (PE) will be held in September this year to avoid clashing with National Day celebrations. This move also resets the clock for future Presidential Elections.
The Government has consulted with the Attorney-General’s Chambers and confirmed that adjusting the timing of the PE is permissible under current laws.
The chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA), Mr J Y Pillay, will be Acting President after incumbent President Tony Tan’s term in office ends on 31 August 2017. This is provided for under the Constitution. Should the CPA chairman be unavailable, the Speaker of the House will be next in line.
From 1 June 2017, qualified candidates can apply for their Certificates of Eligibility and Community Certificates to the Presidential Elections Committee and the Community Committee respectively.
The Community Committee is a new committee set up to ensure that the candidate belongs to a particular community, whether Chinese, Malay, Indian or others
The Community Committee is appointed by the Prime Minister upon the nomination by the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. It consists of a chairman and a sub-committee for each community.
The Presidential Elections Committee ensures that the candidates meet the criteria set out in Article 19 of our Constitution.
The deadline for the submission of the required documents for these Certificates is 5 days after the Writ of Election has been issued.
Both the Presidential Elections Committee and the Community Committee have at least 10 days from the day the Writ of Election was issued to assess the applications. At the very latest, applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications a day before Nomination Day.
After a successful nomination, candidates can proceed to campaign right up to Cooling Off Day.
If there are no successful candidates, the Prime Minister will then issue a fresh Writ of Election, declaring a non-reserved election or a Reserved Election for the next eligible community.