27 Feb '12, 9pm

NMP Eugene Tan transforms from Captain Obvious to Optimus KickSomeAss. Wah.

IN HIS I Say piece "No automatic by-election in our model of parliamentary democracy" (Feb 24), Mr Hri Kumar Nair claims that my commentary "The value of a by-election" (Feb 20) ignores the law and reason for by-elections in Singapore. In fact, he glosses over the applicable law and ignores the basis of our model of parliamentary democracy, which has evolved from the United Kingdom model. Article 49 (1) of our Constitution provides that an election "shall" be called when an elected parliamentary seat is vacated. The Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) provides for the same. In both cases, the very use of "shall" (rather than "may") indicates, prima facie, the mandatory nature of a by-election. It is correct that the Prime Minister has the prerogative on the timing, as the Constitution and PEA are silent on this point. However, Section 52 of the Interpretation Act states: "Wh...

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