When PM Lee spoke at 4pm today, apolitical people like BuffLord95 only has one question: when is Polling Day?
Lest you’re not aware, the whole process of election isn’t like an election for your CCA president: a series of events have to happen before we head to the polls.
Firstly, potential candidates must collect their nomination papers and prepare for the next event: Nomination Day.
The Nomination Day for this election will be on 30 June 2020.
That isn’t a public holiday but just another day.
On nomination day, prospective candidates would hand in their papers and let others inspect. If all things go well, they can then talk to their supporters—it’s usually a day filled with lots of actions and plot twists, like a candidate writing his name wrongly and got disqualified.
After that, candidates can start campaigning, and this will be at least 9 days and 1 Cooling-Off Day before Polling Day, the day we all head to the polling stations.
This election, Polling Day is on 10 July 2020.
On this year—
Reader BuffLord95: Wait a moment
Reader BuffLord95: 10 July is a Friday
Reader BuffLord95: Polling Day is a public holiday
But then again, we’ve had public holidays for two months, so one more extra day isn’t going to make any difference.
The only difference is that since the next day isn’t a working day, we can stay up late to watch a certain Yam Ah Mee announce the results, right?
Returning Officer: Mr Tan Meng Dui
The Returning Officer for this election is Mr Tan Meng Dui, who is the CEO of National Environment Agency (NEA).
That has been confirmed since 2017, and we’ve not had a chance to see him announce any results as we didn’t go to the polls during the last Presidential Elections.
Mr Tan is a former deputy secretary (technology) at the Ministry of Defence, and held the rank of Brigadier General (BG) in the SAF.
Everything is 202% Confirmed
In PM Lee’s speech, he said that he has advised President Halimah Yacob to dissolve the Parliament and issue the Writ of Election.
Well, it’s now confirmed: our President has dissolved the Parliament and the Writ of Election is now dissolved. So for the next 17 days, Singapore is…erm, Singapore will be different.
Reader Bao: So does that mean no one would summon me for parking at a double-yellow line?
No, that’s a rumour. Don’t anyhowly.
Come 10 July 2020, 2,653,942 voters will be heading to the polls: an increase from 2015’s 2,460,484.
2020 is indeed the most exciting year in Singapore’s history.
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