Elections in Singapore

Elections in Singapore

There are currently two types of Elections in Singapore in Singapore: parliamentary; and (since 1993) presidential. A referendum may also be held for important national issues, although it has been held only once in Singapore's political history for the 1962 merger referendum. Calls for a national referendum has been made since then, including the issue over the building of casinos in Singapore.

The Constitution of Singapore requires that each Parliament must be dissolved no later than five years after its beginning or first sitting and that parliamentary elections must be held no later than three months from the dissolution of the previous Parliament. Singapore has a dominant party political system with the People's Action Party in power since gaining full internal self-rule in 1959 from the British. Singapore merged with Malaysia on September 16 1963 but separated August 9 1965. Opposition parties exist, but have never been able to get enough votes to gain control of Singapore's government. Hence Singapore has been governed by one single party since 1959. In the 2006 general election, 47 out of 84 seats were contested by the PAP. Eventually 82 seats went to the PAP as in the previous 2001 general election with 66% of the popular vote. The opposition won 2 seats and received 34% of the votes, an increase from 25% in previous election.

2006 General election

2005 Presidential election

The Singapore presidential election of 2005 was to be held on 27 August, 2005 to elect the President of Singapore. Since on August 13, 2005, the Presidential Elections Committee announced that Sellapan Ramanathan was the only candidate that had received the Certificate of Eligibility, he was named the next President without election. Singapore presidential election, 2005:"More info: Singapore presidential election, 2005"

2001 Parliamentary election

More info: *Singapore general election, 2001"

Past elections

Legislative Council elections

*1948 General Election
*1951 General Election

Legislative Assembly elections

*1955 General Election
*1957 By-Election
*1959 General Election
*1961 By-Election (April)
*1961 By-Election (July)
*1963 General Election
*1965 By-Election

Parliamentary elections

*1966 By-Election (January)
*1966 By-Election (March)
*1966 By-Election (November)
*1967 By-Election
*1968 General Election
*1970 By-Election
*1972 General Election
*1976 General Election
*1977 By-Election (May)
*1977 By-Election (July)
*1980 General Election
*1981 By-Election
*1984 General Election
*1988 General Election
*1991 General Election
*1992 By-Election
*1997 General Election
*2001 General Election
*2006 General Election.

Other elections

Municipal Commission elections

*1949 Ordinary Election

City Council elections

*1957 Ordinary Election
*1958 By-Election

National referendums

*1962 National Referendum

=Federal and State elections (Malaysia)=

*1964 General Election

Presidential elections

*1993 Presidential Election
*1999 Presidential Election
*2005 Presidential Election

ee also

*Electoral calendar

External links

* [http://www.singapore-elections.com/ Singapore Elections]
* [http://psephos.adam-carr.net/countries/s/singapore/ Adam Carr's Election Archive]
* [http://www.elections.gov.sg/past_parliamentary.htm Government website documenting elections]

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