Singapore Presidential election 2017 Candidates List Name Party
Singaporean presidential election 2017 Date 26 August 2017
The next Singaporean presidential election is due to be held on or before 26 August 2017.
The President is the head of state of Singapore. Following the Westminster system, the position is largely ceremonial, but enjoys several reserve powers including withholding presidential assent on supply bills and changing or revoking civil service appointments.The current system of holding elections for the Presidency began with the 1993 election. Before then, the President was selected by Parliament.
There are strict requirements for prospective election candidates, and whether a candidate meets the qualifications or not is decided by the Election Department. The Presidency is, by the rules of the Constitution, nonpartisan.
Singaporean presidential election Candidates 2017
A Constitutional Commission is reviewing the eligibility criteria for presidential candidates.
With the changes to elected presidency, it will be reserved for Malay community.
Confirmed Candidated For Singaporean Presidential Elections 2017.
Farid Khan Kaim Khan, is the chairman of Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific, a leading offshore oil and gas marine provider in the region, and founder of Bumi Subsea, an undersea operation firm. He also sits on the Careers@Maritime Steering Committee – an initiative supported by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) that aims to grow awareness about jobs in the maritime industry.However, Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific reportedly has a shareholders' equity value of US$300 million, which falls short of the S$500 million required to automatically qualify as an eligible candidate.
Mohamed Salleh Marican, founding chairman and CEO of 2nd Chance Properties, the first company owned by a Malay/Muslim to be listed in Singapore.Mr Salleh said "I believe I have done well for myself in business and would like to step up and give back to society in a much larger way" and that he "can also fulfill the call of most Singaporeans who desire a truly independent Elected President, one who is untainted by party politics". However, Mr. Salleh's company only has a registered shareholder equity S$254.3-263.23 million over the last three financial years, which falls short of the S$500 million needed to automatically qualify as an eligible candidate.
Shirwin Eu, a private-hire driver who had failed to contest in the 2015 general election and the 2016 Bukit Batok SMC by-election as an independent candidate said, “I understand that this is a reserved election for minorities, for Malay candidates, but the verdict is not out yet… I think there’s always a chance for the government to review its intentions. I am not sure if the Malay community wants to do that because there may be some repercussions and setbacks to it.”In addition to not being a member of the Malay community, Mr Eu also fails to meet any of the qualifying criteria, namely that one must hold a high-level civil service post or be the chairperson or CEO of a company with a shareholders' equity of S$500 million or more. Mr Eu has also criticise the election being reserved for Malays, claiming that since "mathematics is the poorer subject for the Malay community", members of the Malay community are unable to "scrutinise the SWF, the Temasek and GIC"
Halimah Yacob, the former Speaker of Parliament, has confirmed that she is running for the Elected Presidency, and has resigned from her positions as Speaker of Parliament and MP of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, and from her membership in the PAP, on 7 August 2017. She is viewed as the PAP's candidate for the election, and was reported to have been considering the candidacy for three weeks prior to her announcement. Speaking after a community event in her constituency of Marsiling-Yew Tee, Halimah said, “I am thinking about it, of running for the presidency.The elected presidency is a very heavy responsibility and an important institution in Singapore, so it’s not something that one should take lightly. so it needs a bit of time to think. But I must say at this moment, I have a lot of duties I have to perform, as Speaker, as MP. These duties are also very dear and important to me.” Halimah has served as Speaker of Parliament for more than 3 years since 14 January 2013, fulfilling a key qualifying criterion to run for President under the Singapore Constitution.
Bahren Shaari, CEO of Bank of Singapore, does not rule out the possibility that he will run for the election. He said, “at the moment, my focus is on growing the business of Bank of Singapore with my team and deriving the synergies from our recent acquisition of the wealth and investment management business of Barclays Bank PLC.” He added, “I’m humbled to have my name mentioned as a potential candidate. It is always a privilege and honour to serve the nation.” Mr Bahren was appointed as an alternate member of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) on 6 April 2017.
Singaporean presidential election results 2011
|Votes||% of valid votes|
|Tony Tan Keng Yam||745,693||35.20|
|Tan Cheng Bock||738,311||34.85|
|Tan Jee Say||530,441||25.04|
|(Loses deposit) Tan Kin Lian||104,095||4.91|
|Valid votes||2,118,540||98.24% of total votes cast|
|Invalid (e.g. blank or spoiled) votes||37,849||1.76% of total votes cast|
|Total votes cast||2,156,389||Voter turnout: 94.8% of electorate|
|Did not vote||118,384|