31 Mar '17, 2am

Tan Cheng Bock calls for Presidential Election to be open election

Tan Cheng Bock calls for Presidential Election to be open election

SINGAPORE: Former presidential hopeful Tan Cheng Bock has called on the Government to make the upcoming Presidential Election an open election. Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Friday (Mar 31), he asked if it was correct to make the upcoming election, which must be held by August, a reserved one. Under changes passed to the Constitution in November , if there is not a President from a particular racial community for five consecutive terms, then the next term will be reserved for a President from that community. On Friday, Dr Tan said that the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) had advised the Prime Minister to start counting the five terms from President Wee Kim Wee - who served one term from 1985 to 1993 - in looking at the new electoral process. Since Dr Wee, there have been three elected Presidents who served four terms between them: Mr Ong Teng Cheong, Mr ...

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