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  1. Reported in today ST About 30,000 public servants appointed as election officials, to undergo training SINGAPORE - The Elections Department (ELD) has appointed about 30,000 public officers as election officials and has called them up for training. For the 2015 General Election, public servants were called up for training about 11 months before the polls were held. Link : https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/about-30000-public-servants-appointed-as-election-officials-to-undergo-training
  2. https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-sets-out-duties-and-privileges-of-leader-of-the-opposition-pritam-singh?utm_source=STSmartphone&utm_medium=share&utm_term=2020-07-28+17%3A07%3A04 Parliament sets out duties and privileges of Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh SINGAPORE - As the official Leader of the Opposition (LO), Workers' Party chief Pritam Singh will be given certain parliamentary privileges like the right of first response among MPs. He will also have the right to ask the lead question to ministers on policies, Bills and motions, subject to existing speaking conventions, the offices of the Speaker of Parliament and the Leader of the House said in a joint statement on Tuesday (July 28). The statement set out the duties of the new role, as well as the parliamentary privileges and resources accorded to Mr Singh, who is an MP for Aljunied GRC. He will receive confidential briefings by the Government on "select matters of national security and external relations, and in the event of a national crisis or emergency", the statement said. As the LO, Mr Singh will also have more time for his speeches, equivalent to that given to political office-holders. According to the Standing Orders of Parliament, all MPs are allowed to speak for 20 minutes in response to questions raised, and can address a committee of the whole of Parliament for up to 10 minutes. Ministers and parliamentary secretaries are entitled to speak for up to 40 minutes. In terms of additional resources, Mr Singh will receive an allowance that is double that of an elected MP, or $385,000 a year, the statement said. As for staff support, he will receive additional allowance to hire up to three additional legislative assistants, on top of the allowance that all MPs receive to hire one legislative assistant and a secretarial assistant. He will also be provided a secretary to support him administratively with parliamentary business. Mr Singh will have an office and the use of a meeting room in Parliament House.
  3. Theoldjaffa

    Guess your 2020 Cabinet

    Lai Lai, Since we always like to predict what’s the next COE price, now that the elections are over, let’s state your predictions for the new cabinet My Picks (if there’s no revamp of ministries or portfolios) PM - LHL DPM - HSK DPM - CCS SM - Tharman SM - TCH Coord Min (National Security) - Shan Coord Min (Social Policy) - GKY Coord Min (Infra) - NEH Min In Charge of Muslim Affairs - Iswaran MPMO - Sim Ann MPMO - Heng Chee How Mindef - CCS MHA - Shan MTI - OYK MOF - Lawrence Wong MFA - Desmond Lee MinLaw - Indranee MOH - Edwin Tong MOM - VB MOT - Masagos MND - Grace Fu MOE - Chee Hong Tat + Koh Poh Koon MEWR - S Iswaran MSF - Maliki Othman MCCY - Jo Teo MCI - Janil Puthucheary dunno if TCJ will be back as Minister anot though. Else I think he will be next President.
  4. steveluv

    GE2020: Singapore General Election - 10 July 2020

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Asia-Insight/Singapore-s-democratic-dawn-Parties-adapt-to-new-landscape?del_type=1&pub_date=20200728190000&seq_num=2&si=%%user_id%% Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, has named Workers' Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh, right, the "leader of the opposition" in a first for the city-state. © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images Singapore's 'democratic dawn'? Parties adapt to new landscape Ruling PAP under pressure to save economy while opposition faces test of ideas KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writerJuly 28, 2020 04:26 JST SINGAPORE -- The Progress Singapore Party failed to win a single seat in the city-state's general election on July 10. Nevertheless, the year-old party says that it has received about 1,000 membership applications since the election period. The continued inflow arguably supports the narrative that emerged after the polls: The 10 opposition parties lost, yet in some ways they succeeded. And Singapore might never be quite the same. Leong Mun Wai, the PSP's assistant secretary-general, told the Nikkei Asian Review that the vote was the "dawn of Singapore's democratic politics." A little over two weeks after the election, and less than two weeks before the country marks its 55th anniversary on Aug. 9, it is anyone's guess whether this new era will bring real or only superficial changes. After all, the People's Action Party -- in power since independence in 1965 -- took 83 of 93 available seats, comfortably clear of the two-thirds supermajority needed for constitutional amendments. Only the Workers' Party, led by Secretary-General Pritam Singh, made a tangible dent, grabbing a record 10 seats for the opposition. But even PAP heavyweights sound a lot like Leong these days. It is as if they feel the ground shifting beneath their feet as the government attempts to overcome the devastating economic effects of COVID-19, craft a new growth model and transfer power to the next generation of leaders. Singaporean politics have "changed permanently," the PAP's Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a senior minister and former deputy prime minister, said in a Facebook post on July 19. "We have to make this new balance work well for Singapore." There are several other signs that this is not the Singapore of yore, when the PAP could count on strong public support fueled by a brisk economy, coupled with an election system that democracy advocates have long described as unfair. One signal is the ruling party's share of the popular vote, which plunged to 61.2% from 69.9% in the previous 2015 election -- perilously close to its worst result of 60.1% in 2011. Even the fledgling PSP, which came up empty in terms of seats, challenged the PAP and won 40.8% of the vote in the constituencies it contested. A survey of 1,500 voters conducted just before the election, but released afterward, underscores that Singaporeans of all ages want alternative voices in politics. Blackbox Research found that 75% of citizens aged 21 to 24 felt that "more choice for voters was good for Singapore's democracy even though some [new politicians] have no real experience in the government." The ratio was 67% for the 25 to 39 age bracket; 64% for voters in their 40s and 50s; and 58% for those over 60. Supporters of the Workers' Party celebrate its election night performance in the early hours of July 11. © Getty Images Lawrence Wong, hitherto the national development minister and now education minister in the new cabinet announced on Saturday, reckons the days when the PAP could expect to surpass 65% of the vote are probably over. "The desire for diversity in the parliament, for checks and balances, is permanent," Wong told reporters on July 18. "It is here to stay. We must prepare for this new reality." Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong seemed to be facing up to this shortly after the election when he formally named the Workers' Party's Singh "leader of the opposition" -- a first for the city-state. What this entails remains to be seen, but some expect Singh could be granted more access to government information and support staff. Lee on Saturday said he hopes the opposition will "play a more constructive and more substantive role, not just asking questions of the government, but also putting up alternatives, putting out proposals and being scrutinized so that Singaporeans can understand what the trade-offs are, what the issues are, what the choices are, and we can have a better quality of debate." The government expects Singapore's economy to contract 4% to 7% for the full year due to the coronavirus pandemic. © Getty Images Politics watchers like Donald Low, professor of practice and director of the Institute of Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, see a rebalancing that could serve the nation well as it confronts the coronavirus. "With a stronger presence of the opposition to demand accountability, Singapore is in a stronger position [to recover from the crisis]," Low told Nikkei. "This sort of democratization is very healthy for Singapore, and this is exactly what Singapore needs in this period -- careful consideration of alternatives, diversity of ideas of how to adapt to the post-pandemic, disruptive future." Even so, critics say the political playing field remains far from level. Singapore ranked 75th in the Economist Intelligence Unit's global democracy index for 2019, behind regional peers Malaysia (43rd), Indonesia (64th) and Thailand (68th). The city-state performed especially poorly in the category of "electoral process and pluralism." This reflects frequent electoral boundary changes and a unique "group representation constituency" system that have helped the PAP maintain its grip. Opposition parties typically struggle to find enough candidates and cobble together thousands of dollars in registration fees to compete in the GRCs, where parties field teams of up to five and the winner takes all seats. But this year, the system did not benefit the PAP quite as much as it used to. The Workers' Party won two GRCs for the first time, including one district that had just been created in the latest electoral boundary renewal. The Progress Singapore Party, led by Tan Cheng Bock, also came within 2 percentage points of taking a third GRC for the opposition. The PAP had slipped up before, as seen in the 2011 general election. Yet, there are deeper trends that suggest this time is different. Before the pandemic sent Singapore's economy plunging to a 12.6% year-on-year contraction and a technical recession in the second quarter of 2020, headwinds were already blowing. Rising protectionism and U.S.-China tensions were taking a toll on the trade-reliant city-state. And although the PAP had built one of Asia's richest nations, there was growing concern about high living costs and unequal distribution of that wealth. As the economic pressure mounts, opposition groups will be aiming to capitalize further, while the PAP will be seeking solutions to turn back the tide. Younger ruling party members, in particular, will be under the gun to prove themselves. This election was supposed to be a major milestone in a transition to "fourth generation" or "4G" PAP leaders. The biggest name of the bunch is Heng Swee Keat, 59, the finance minister and deputy prime minister tipped to succeed the 68-year-old Lee sometime this term. But the shaky election showings of some 4G candidates -- including Heng, whose team won its GRC with just 53.4% of the vote -- has stirred speculation about a succession rethink. Lee kept Heng and other core ministers in his new cabinet. But on Saturday he did nothing to stop the chatter about whether he would retire by age 70 as planned, vowing to see the coronavirus crisis through. Garry Rodan, honorary professor at Australia's University of Queensland, told Nikkei that the 4G politicians will have to work to "win back some of the popular vote." Rodan said they can start by establishing some "product differentiation from past PAP leaders on major policy issues of concern to alienated voters." The first step, in his view, would be to show the Workers' Party "and its ideas some genuine respect and engagement in parliament, especially where this involves issues of inequality and the rights of Singaporeans -- inside and outside parliament -- to scrutinize the processes of state governance institutions." The election results cranked up the heat on Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, seen as Lee's heir apparent, and other next-generation leaders. © Getty Images If 4G leaders respond positively to calls for more democratic transparency and accountability, Rodan said it would "help to signal a positive shift in PAP political culture." The opposition, meanwhile, will need to show it is up to playing a larger role. "This term, our efforts in parliament are centered on key bread-and-butter concerns; jobs for Singaporeans, health care for our seniors and more generally, cost of living concerns," Singh, who was not available for an interview, said in a Facebook post on July 20. The Workers' Party leader, however, placed some of the onus on the PAP. "What remains to be seen is whether the approach of the PAP government towards greater information sharing will turn in favor of greater openness," he said. "The extent to which realistic policy alternatives can be advanced both in public and in parliament is also a function of the PAP's approach to democratic politics." The PSP's Leong told Nikkei that his party would strive to cooperate with the Workers' Party, amplifying opposition voices in parliament and promoting transparency. Although the PSP did not win any seats at the polls, it gained two thanks to another quirk of Singapore's election system, which rewards the "best loser" with "non-constituency member of parliament" seats. Leong said the party would also suggest specific policies on key issues, such as a future economic growth model. The Progress Singapore Party -- led by Tan Cheng Bock, right -- continues to attract interest and aims to help the Workers' Party amplify the opposition's voice. © Getty Images Policymaking aside, both the ruling and opposition parties will be keeping at least one eye on the next election during parliament's five-year term, which commences Aug. 24. Rodan said that "there may be value in greater rationalization of the number of opposition parties so that there are fewer but better-resourced and better-coordinated parties contending with the PAP." Opposition groups' ideological and policy positions, he added, "are not diverse enough to warrant 10 parties." At the same time, Rodan warned that the PAP might attempt more gerrymandering to contain its rivals. Leong agreed that the battle is only just beginning, and that the opposition cannot afford to ease up now. "It's still a 'dawn,'" Leong said. "We might go back to 'dark' again."
  5. RadX

    GE2020: Singapore General Election - 10 July 2020

    This will be the offical Elections thread with the opening of the register https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/registers-electors-ready-public-inspection-feb-26-march-11?fbclid=IwAR35b5zOAEzNcms43KklYO-BGZwc1hJZLFtBO1xWCVHPeFEhhjuIwP4CEiQ SINGAPORE — The registers of electors will be open for public inspection from Feb 26 to March 11, the elections department said on Monday (Feb 25). Singaporean citizens who are at least 21 years old as of Feb 1, and who are not disqualified as an elector under any law, will be allowed to vote. They must also have a Singapore residential address on their National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) as of Feb 1. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Singaporeans can check their particulars: Online at the Elections Department website At community centres or clubs At the Elections Department located at 11 Prinsep Link Singapore 187949 They should have their NRIC or passport with them. Those who wish to check their particulars in the registers at community centres or clubs can only do so from 6pm to 9pm on weekdays and 3pm to 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays. During the inspection period, a person can submit requests to include or remove his or her name or to update his or her particulars in the registers. Persons whose names were removed from the register for failing to vote in a past election may apply to have their names restored to be able to vote in future elections. REGISTERING TO VOTE OVERSEAS Overseas Singaporeans who have changed their NRIC address to an overseas address must also have a Singapore residential address registered with the Immigrations & Checkpoint Authority (ICA) as of Feb 1 to qualify to vote. Overseas Singaporeans whose names are listed in the Registers of Electors, and have resided in Singapore for an aggregate of at least 30 days during the past three years, may apply to register as overseas electors in order to vote at designated overseas polling stations. Registration and checking of particulars can be done at Singapore overseas missions that serve as overseas registration centres. Those registering must have their NRIC or passport. Singaporeans who registered as overseas electors in previous elections will have to register again. Registration as an overseas elector is open year-round, but overseas Singaporeans are encouraged to register early. Overseas Singaporeans who wish to vote in the upcoming elections must register as an overseas elector by the end of the second day after the writ for an election is issued.
  6. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/general-election-delay-unconstitutional-covid19-teo-chee-hean-12574796 It is extremely disturbing to read such comments from our Government. Can they freaking focus on the issue at hand? "When you are sailing into a storm, you want to be certain who your captain is and that he will not be changed halfway. You want to make sure that he is there - together with you, working with you, guiding you through the storm," he added. Minister Teo, if you haven't noticed, we are ALREADY in the MIDDLE of the STORM. And now you are considering asking for a change of captain which is what an election is? If an election is called, I know who to vote for
  7. SDP launches '4 Yes, 1 No' election campaign plan to lead S'pore in post-pandemic world source: https://mothership.sg/2020/04/sdp-ge-campaign/ On Apr. 28, the Singapore Democratic Party launched it's campaign for the upcoming general elections. The campaign, "Four Yes, One No" (4Y1N campaign) spells out the party’s vision on how Singapore should recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically the "Yeses" involve suspending Goods and Services Tax (GST), introducing retrenchment benefits, providing income for retirees, and putting people first. The "No" concerns Singapore growing to a population of 10 million. The SDP’s GE campaign follows up on the party's previous criticisms of the government policies regarding GST and population growth. The 4Y1N campaign, said the party in a media statement, addressed the immediate necessities of Singaporeans during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as ensuring that the longer-term challenges confronting the nation would be dealt with. 1) Yes to suspending GST In their media statement, the SDP proposed cutting GST to zero per cent until the end of 2021. “The GST is a regressive tax and will hurt the poor more than the rich,” said the party. They added that suspension of the tax would stimulate the economy and help businesses, as “it is not smart economics” to raise the tax rate to 9 per cent. The current rate of GST in Singapore is 7 per cent. The government has previously announced that it will be raised to 9 per cent sometime between 2022 and 2025. However, the raise would be preceded by a careful assessment of the “prevailing economic conditions as well as our needs at that point,” according to the Ministry of Finance, which previously hashed out the rationale for imposing GST. 2) "Yes" to paying retrenchment benefits “SDP will fight for retrenchment benefits to be paid to workers retrenched as a result of Covid-19,” said the party. This would involved a programme — deemed RESTART (Re-Employment Scheme and Temporary Assistance for the ReTrenched) — whereby a retrenched worker receives a progressively smaller portion of their last drawn salary over a period of one-and-half years. This involves the government paying: 75 per cent of the last drawn salary for the first six months 50 per cent for the second block of six months 25 per cent for the last block of six months 3) "Yes" to providing income for retirees The third "Yes" involves the SDP pushing for retirees over the age of 65 to receive a monthly income of S$500, a programme the party is calling the Retirement Income Scheme for the Elderly (RISE). This will be extended to the “bottom 80 per cent of retirees, many of whom depend on their working children for financial support and especially those who do not have working children”. The SDP said that the S$500 figure was derived from the Household Expenditure Survey, which showed that the average retiree household received close to that amount from their working children. Therefore, according to the party, the scheme would also reduce the pressure on younger working generations. Responding to queries from Mothership, SDP said the intent is for both RESTART and RISE to be legislated on a permanent basis. 4) "Yes" to putting people first In its final "Yes", the SDP stated its intention to be a check on the People’s Action Party’s priorities. The opposition party criticised the PAP for sacrificing public health by “insisting on calling for a GE” during the pandemic — a move that the SDP said was in line with political interests rather than the interests of public health. There were also shots fired at the government’s initial policy of advising only residents with symptoms to wear surgical face masks and their inaction regarding the living standards of foreign workers. 5) "No" to 10 million population The last element of the 4Y1N campaign involves the SDP decrying massive population growth and the consequential increase in population density. The SDP also invoked the displacement of Singaporean workers by foreigners in its criticism of the government’s plan regarding the population. “Imagine if the PAP gets its wish to jack the number up to 10 million by bringing in more foreigners,” said the SDP. “Already, it cannot competently contain the outbreak of Covid-19 which spreads faster as the population density increases.“ A 2013 government white paper had previously projected Singapore’s population to hit 6.9 million by 2030. According to The Straits Times, figures from 2019 indicated a population of 5.7 million. The figure of 10 million was first proposed by former master planner Liu Thai Ker over a decade ago. It was recently referenced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat in Mar. 29. The Straits Times reported that Heng had cited Liu in a ministerial dialogue with students from Nanyang Technological University, urging them to remain open and understanding of foreigners.
  8. Picnic06-Biante15

    Boleh Land Election 2018

    Let me starts the discussion here as the other thread discussion on funnelling of funds. Malaysian government declares polling day a public holiday KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's federal government has declared May 9, polling day, a public holiday. This is to allow all Malaysians to fulfil their responsibilities as voters, said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in a statement on Wednesday (Apr 11). “The declaration on the public holiday is made based on Section 8 of the Public Holidays Act 1951 for Peninsular Malaysia and the Labuan Federal Territory,” said the statement. The Malaysian Election Commission had on Tuesday announced dates for nomination and polling day for the country's 14th general election. Many had expressed concern that having the vote on a Wednesday, Malaysia's first weekday poll in nearly two decades, would affect turnout at the ballot boxes. Malaysians had reacted to announcement of the weekday polling date by taking to social media to offer transportation and funds to those who wanted to return to their hometowns to cast their ballots. Several Malaysian companies on Tuesday also declared May 9 a holiday for staff. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-election-polling-day-public-holiday-10127468
  9. Self-inking pens, prototype polling booths among changes for Singapore's next general election source: https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/self-inking-pens-prototype-polling-booths-among-changes-for-singapores-next-general?xtor=CS3-18&utm_source=STiPhone&utm_medium=share&utm_term=2019-11-29 15%3A11%3A25 SINGAPORE - The Elections Department (ELD) will introduce a number of changes in the upcoming polls, including self-inking pens and new polling booths. Candidates will also be able to fill in most of the required paperwork online. These include appointing their election agents, paying their election deposits, and preparing their nomination papers. However, hard copies of nomination papers must still be submitted on Nomination Day. The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee was convened in August, marking the first step towards the next general election, which must be held by April 2021. In the past three general elections under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the period between the announcement of the committee's formation and Polling Day has ranged between two and six months. The new self-inking pens, which have been used in countries such as South Korea, allow voters to stamp an "X" for the party of their choice with minimal pressure. The ELD said it made the decision to change the pens provided after feedback that some older voters had difficulty gripping regular pens to cast their votes. Voters in certain constituencies will also see prototype polling booths made largely from cardboard and other recyclable materials. Designed by students from the Singapore Institute of Technology, the new booths cost $30 each. In comparison, the old booths, which are used for around 12 years before being replaced, cost about $750. The ELD will hold roadshows ahead of the next general election to familiarise voters with the new equipment. The latest changes come on the back of an announcement by the ELD last year, in which it said voters will be able to register electronically at polling stations and have their votes tallied by counting machines. However, hard copy ballot papers will continue to be used, and counting assistants will still handle the mixing, unfolding and sorting of the papers The department will also organise sessions for political party representatives to try out the new digital services and provide feedback. However, the actual system will be open for use only after the Writ of Election has been issued for security reasons.
  10. Sdf4786k

    AU elections

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/australians-are-dumb-commentators-slam-coalitions-election-victory-011135657.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=wa Looks like the new way of getting a win is quite easy. As long as it appeals to the wider population, you get to Win. Its carrying out the deliverables that's the killer. I believe the Silver hair population taxes were sacrifices
  11. WTF, count votes count until die, the condition there must be real bad!!! https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/318-election-officials-die-more-than-2000-ill-after-indonesias-mammoth-single-day-poll JAKARTA - Kindergarten teacher Tursina Maya's days were packed on and around the election on April 17, the biggest single day poll held anywhere in the world and one of the most complicated with 240,000 candidates running for office. For the first time ever, Indonesians were simultaneously taking part in presidential as well legislative polls. A day ahead of the poll, Ms Tursina and her neighbours, who were tasked to manage their polling station in North Jakarta, held meetings, set up a tent, desks and instruction signs. They worked tirelessly from morning to midnight. On D-day, she continued working the clock, administering to voters before proceeding to the more daunting task of counting ballots. The next day, the 42-year-old mother ended up in hospital and had to be warded for four nights because of exhaustion and elevated blood pressure. She was, however, luckier than Abdul Rohim, 40, a security officer assigned to a polling station in Bekasi, West Java. He was admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), suffering from exhaustion and heart pain. He died subsequently. As at 8am on Tuesday (April 30), 318 polling station committee officials have died and 2,232 fell ill, said the general election commission (KPU), which oversaw the polls. Related Story More than 300 election workers, police officers in Indonesia die of exhaustion Related Story Indonesia urged to review polls after over 100 election workers, police die of exhaustion Related Story Indonesia election microsite: Read more stories "Many of them had to stay up through two nights and not while they had coffee to watch football games, but while they were under pressure amid efforts of ensuring there was no miscounting," said Mr Pramono Ubaid Tantowi, a KPU commissioner, on Tuesday. After polls closed on April 17, ballots were first manually counted at more than 800,000 polling stations. The counting at many polling stations lasted until past midnight and officials then had to oversee the transport of ballot boxes to collection points, which were plagued with long queues, adding to delays. The results of the polling stations were then tallied at the sub-district, district and provincial offices before ending up in the national vote tally in Jakarta. Election officials were tasked to monitor closely each stage of the counting process. A normal person would be able to work hard for eight straight hours and then stay awake for the following eight hours before he has to get six hours' sleep, Mr Pramono said, citing medical doctors. Under the existing election law, manual vote counting at a polling station must be completed within the same day (midnight deadline) and a Supreme Court decree stipulates it could be extended for 12 hours conditionally but without any break in the vote-counting period, Mr Pramono noted. "I started my day around 5am and wrapped up around the same time the next day," said Ms Tursina, stressing that staying up all night working was the part that caused her physical stamina to drop. After finishing vote counting at around midnight, she oversaw the transport of ballot boxes to a collection point until 3am. She recalled that in the last election in 2014, when the legislative poll was held a few months earlier ahead of the presidential one, manual vote counting mostly finished by 5pm. Mr Abdul Rohim's widow, Madam Masnun, 38, said her husband felt exceptionally tired after the Wednesday polls and rested at home. He was rushed to a clinic on Friday and died on the subsequent Wednesday (April 24). "On Monday (April 22) he said he felt pain on the chest. Then he did not speak at all until Wednesday," Ms Masnun told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar in Jakarta held by Ombudsman Indonesia. The seminar was the beginning of a study of the 2019 election by the independent agency overseeing public services in the country.
  12. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08...m?section=world Malaysia's Anwar contests by-election Posted 3 hours 57 minutes ago Malaysia's leading opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim is contesting a crucial by-election today which is expected to return him to the national Parliament a decade after he was forced out. Dr Anwar was deputy prime minister of Malaysia until a decade ago, when he had a falling out with then-prime minister, Mahathir Mohamed. He was sacked and then jailed for sodomy and corruption, serving six years in prison. His sodomy conviction was quashed, but now Dr Anwar is facing a new set of sodomy allegations which he says have been brought by his political enemies. He now heads up the People's Alliance, a group of opposition parties which is challenging the ruling party for the first time since the country's independence 50 years ago. He has been campaigning on the economy and a platform of equality for Malays, Chinese and Indians. The polling group Merdeka is predicting an easy win for Dr Anwar. -------------
  13. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/23/world/asia/maldives-elections.html NEW DELHI — The Maldives, the isolated scattering of islands caught in a geopolitical struggle between China, India and the West, were thrust into more uncertainty Sunday when voters appeared to have ousted the country’s autocratic president. With votes still being tallied, local news organizations reported that Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the opposition candidate, had beaten President Abdulla Yameen. Mr. Solih won 58 percent of the vote with about 97 percent of ballots counted, according to the independent news websitemihaaru.com. Transparency Maldives, an election watchdog, said he had won “by a decisive margin.” As Mr. Solih declared victory and his supporters danced in the street, observers held their breath as they waited to see what Mr. Yameen would do next. His campaign had yet to concede by early Monday morning, and a spokesman for the Maldives’ Election Commission said official results would not be announced for a week, according to Reuters. “This is a moment of happiness, this is a moment of hope, this is a moment of history,” Mr. Solih said at a news conference at midnight. He said, “I would like to call upon Yameen and ask him to respect the will of the people and to immediately begin the smooth transition of power as per the Constitution and the law.” With Mr. Yameen hoping to solidify his hold on power with a second term, the opposition had warned that the Maldives’ nascent democracy was at stake in the election. Accusations of fraud have plagued both sides. As polling stations opened on Sunday, lines of voters snaked down streets in the Maldives and in countries with large Maldivian communities, like Sri Lanka, suggesting a high turnout. Lying southwest of India, and stretching across maritime routes that are crucial to China, the Maldives has been caught up in recent years in Beijing’s growing global ambitions, which the United States and its allies have struggled to contain. China has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure projects in the Maldives, which critics, including the political opposition, warn amount to “debt-trap diplomacy” that weighs down the recipient country with loans in order to secure a naval base as repayment. The governments of both countries reject that assessment. Even before the elections on Sunday, Mr. Yameen had been accused of rigging them, forcing employees of state-owned companies to vote for his party, stacking the election commission with loyalists, locking up opposition leaders and canceling voter registrations. On Saturday night, the police raided the opposition’s office in the capital, Malé, citing evidence of vote-buying. This month, the police said they had unraveled a plot to “create the false impression that the election will not be free and fair,” which Western diplomats warned could be used to annul the elections if the governing party does not win. The United States said this month that it would impose sanctions on Maldivian officials if the elections are not free and fair. But both the European Union and United States declined to send teams to monitor the voting, wary of appearing to condone them. The election pitted Mr. Yameen’s governing Progressive Party against a unified opposition led by Mr. Solih, a senior lawmaker from the Maldivian Democratic Party. The Maldives became a democracy in 2008, when it held its first vote to elect a president directly. Mr. Yameen came to power in 2013, after elections monitored by more than 100 international observers. Since then, he has jailed his political opponents, including his half brother, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who led the country for 30 years until opening it up in 2008, and Muhammed Nasheed, the first democratically elected president. The opposition rallied behind Mr. Solih after many opposition leaders, including Mr. Nasheed, fled into exile. Many observers had said the opposition would win if there were a level playing field. For the first time in three years, it was permitted this month to hold a rally, after the government came under pressure for not issuing permits in the past. Around 10,000 people attended, about twice as many as at the governing party’s rallies, though in the past the government has used force to stifle protests and dismissed dissenters as terrorists. “There is a huge popular groundswell in favor of change,” said Mr. Solih’s campaign manager, Mariya Ahmed Did. “President Yameen was not given a mandate to trample all over Maldivian democracy and our Constitution, but that is what he has done these past five years.” She said, “The Maldives risks becoming just another banana republic.” Mr. Yameen’s campaign manager, Adhlee Ismail, denied in a brief telephone interview that the elections had been rigged. The Chinese government has been a consistent supporter of Mr. Yameen despite his crackdown on dissent. In February, Beijing sent a naval force to linger off the coast of Malé after Mr. Yameen sent troops to burst into the Supreme Court and jailed two of its justices after they overturned the convictions of opposition politicians. Mr. Yameen then declared a state of emergency and prevented Parliament from meeting for a while. Even if Mr. Yameen were to lose, China’s influence would not simply be rolled back, some observers say. The United States and India are unwilling or unable to match the billions of dollars Beijing has invested in cash-starved regions of South Asia as part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative. China is spending about $62 billion in Pakistan alone as part of the program, tilting another American ally further into its axis. “If President Yameen loses, China will be able to work with the next leader, as it has shown in the case of Sri Lanka after the 2015 election,” said Nilanthi Samaranayake, a South Asia analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, a think tank based in Arlington, Va. For small nations in the region, China’s appeal as a source of money for development “transcends domestic politics,” she said. Many in the Maldives and elsewhere are wary of China’s increasing military interests. Despite assurances to the contrary, Beijing has steadily bolstered its presence on a collection of disputed reefs in the South China Sea, eventually building bases there. The Maldives, which is included in China’s One Belt, One Road plans, has received about $2 billion in Chinese loans that critics say will be difficult to repay. The Chinese initiative has been likened to the United States’ ambitious Marshall Plan in Europe after World War II, but the Marshall Plan was mostly composed of grants rather than onerous loans, critics argue, and went toward economically viable projects. Mr. Yameen has been racked by accusations of corruption, including reports that he plans to sell some of the 1,200 islands that make up the Republic of Maldives for his personal gain, a charge he has denied. Although the Maldivian government said international journalists were welcome to report on elections, many — including from The New York Times — were unable to secure visas to enter the country.
  14. Former Workers Party member and acupuncturist Zeng Guoyuan will be contesting in the Hougang by-election as an independent Zeng was photographed collecting his nomination forms this morning from the Election Department. He was a Workers
  15. This is an election for new moderators to join the moderating team. Because moderators have added responsibilities and are vested with more power, we would like all stakeholders of MCF to have their voices heard in the selection. The selection process starts with the current moderators drawing up a shortlist of nominees. An online “election” open to all MCF members will then be held to choose the final 2 candidates that will join the moderating team. We have chosen some nominees and PM them for acceptance to step up to the role should they get elected. Here are the shortlisted nominees that have accepted their nomination. The 2 nominees with the highest votes will be appointed as a moderator. The elections will close on 7-Oct. @Bavarian @Jman888 @Watwheels <Editted 16-Oct-2014> The voting has closed. Results as below.
  16. https://www.facebook.com/ChannelNewsAsia/po...150253328502934 [rolleyes]
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    Who Will Win ? - US Presidential Election

    Who Will Win the US Presidential election today (8.00pm tonight onward) ? My pick Obama to win this round and continue for another term in office. Was watching the presidential debates and the challenger seem 'bo leow' .....
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    Bukit Batok bi-election!

    from LHL FB... wah what has caused this saga siah? Can anyone CSI out reason y he quit? Juicy anot?
  19. From CNA: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/sin...1151857/1/.html PAP needs to reflect on General Election: PM Lee By S Ramesh | Posted: 08 September 2011 1610 hrs SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the People's Action Party needs to adjust its policies to serve the people better, and that the party also needs to improve on its engagement and outreach to involve Singaporeans much more on the issues affecting them. Mr Lee said: "We have to be active in listening, as well as in putting our message across, and in countering mistaken views and disinformation." Mr Lee, who is also the PAP's Secretary General, made these observations in the latest issue of Petir, the party's magazine. The editorial comes in the wake of the party's performance in the last General Election, having won 81 out of 87 seats. He said the ruling People's Action Party must reflect on the meaning of the May 7 General Election, and strengthen and reinvent itself to maintain a leading role in Singapore politics. He also said the party must also strengthen its presence in cyberspace and learn to use the new media more effectively. This meant not just going onto Facebook and Twitter, but being on the same wavelength as the netizens and resonating with the Internet generation. That way, the MPs and leaders can continue serving the widest spread of society and work with all citizens to shape the new Singapore together. Mr Lee said constituency work also remains crucial, as a caring, hardworking and effective MP, backed by a strong team of activists and the party, can make the difference. He said this was clear in the General Election as MPs who had worked hard, enjoyed strong support. As for the opposition wards, Mr Lee urges the PAP to maintain its presence, keep the branch active and take care of supporters and fight hard to win back the constituency. Mr Lee added: "Fundamentally, we need to get Singaporeans to see the PAP for what it is and what it has always been - their champion, acting on their behalf, working with them and for them." So the Prime Minister's call to his party activists is to stay united in the cause and fight tenaciously to create a better tomorrow for all Singaporeans. -CNA/ac
  20. Hmm... this looks interesting.... a 1 year temporary position, with mention of election administration and work extended hours during election period..... Does it mean that GE will come earlier than 2016? I am sure one of the key objectives of PAP is to recapture the GRC lost, so maybe they will try to call for the next GE before the issues clouding AHPTC can be settled. Maybe that is also why we are going to have more COEs soon? anyway, just plain speculation :p http://careers-gov-jobs.jobstreet.com.sg/jobs/jobdesc.asp?aid=1&jid=91068774 Position Training Facilitator (Temporary for 1 year) Organisation Elections Department Date Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 Application Deadline Saturday, May 17, 2014 Location 11 Prinsep Link,Singapore 187949 No. of Vacancies 2 Elections Department is a department under the Prime Minister’s Office. We are a professional election administrator committed to preparing and organising the public service to efficiently conduct free and fair elections in Singapore. Our vision is to be a dynamic and innovative organisation which values its people, always striving for quality and accountability in delivering electoral services and in promoting and sustaining our citizens’ trust and confidence in Singapore’s democratic process. Responsibilities You will be part of the team that facilitates training of public officials to prepare them for their roles as election officials. The training may be in the form of breakout sessions, lectures, hands-on simulated exercises and briefings. In addition to the training facilitation, you will be responsible for training administration, preparation of logistical requirements and premises for each training session as well as overseeing the maintenance of the training premises/facilities. You will also consolidate feedback from training participants and prepare training feedback report to management. During the election periods, you may be involved in other election administration work. Requirements • Good communication and interpersonal skills. • Ability to work independently and through others. • Have training / teaching experience • Must be prepared to work extended hours under pressure during the election period • Singapore Citizenship • Candidates with prior election working experience will be an advantage
  21. Since I saw someone posted about wish list for soccer, I thought maybe I can start a wish list for election swing voters. As usual, there will be die hard PAP supporters, and there will be hardcore opposition supporters. For these two groups of voters, please take your battle to where it is suppose to be. There is a thread started by @Radx for election battle, please fight there. http://www.mycarforum.com/topic/2696413-the-next-general-elections-post-here/page-25 It is no secret that many elections around the world are won or lost because of the swing voters, these people are not fully supportive of one party only, and they vote base on what they believe is best for the country and themselves. The key lies in how to reach out to this group of voters. It seem like the government is not too interested in this group of voters, so let us tell them, how they can lost our votes ( or how the opposition can win us over). I feel that our government is a good manager, but not a good politician. Generally I am quite happy, there are good policies introduced, and there are bad ones. What I really want to see , is that they can admit whatever mistakes done, get it corrected and move on. It takes a great politician to admit mistakes, sometimes mistakes bring in votes. The era is different, things are different, people are different. Those (swing voters) who want to share your thoughts, come on in. cheers!!!
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    Boy Boy Un Needs Election Meh ......

    He needs election .... He can just remove any person like squashing an ant with his index finger ... yahoo news : North Korea holds election, Kim Jong Un runs in legendary district SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, accused of human rights violations, elects its largely symbolic parliament this weekend, with leader Kim Jong Un, the third in his family dynasty to rule the totalitarian state, running unopposed in a legendary mountain district. State news agency KCNA said on Thursday that election preparations were "gaining momentum", with voters confirming their names on electoral lists for the ballot held every five years. "Agitation activities are going on to encourage citizens to take active part in the election with high political enthusiasm and labour feats, amid the playing of 'Song of the election,'" KCNA reported. North Koreans, it said, sought to "demonstrate once again the might of single-minded unity by casting ballots for their candidates". North Korea stands accused by a U.N. report issued this month of torture and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities. Authorities in Pyongyang have denounced the report as "faked". The North's Supreme People's Assembly is empowered by law to approve the budget and make senior appointments, including to the powerful National Defence Commission. In practice, it is a largely symbolic body meeting twice a year in a country where decision-making authority lies with the ruling Korean Workers' Party. Each district has a single candidate, with the overwhelming majority from the party, although a few independents, such as pro-Pyongyang Koreans from Japan, are allowed to take part. more stories, link: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/north-korea-holds-election-kim-jong-un-runs-123900282.html "running unopposed in a legendary mountain district" ..... ha..ha..ha.... can animals in mountain district file papers to vote against him meh ... Wonder if there really opositions parties in NK who rules by iron hands ...