FAQs on Registration for Overseas Voting

Who can apply to be registered as an overseas elector?
How do I qualify to have my name entered or retained in a Register of Electors?
Why must I have a residential address in Singapore?
How can I register a residential address in Singapore?
Can I apply to be registered as an overseas elector if I had failed to vote in any previous election?
What are the qualifying criteria for registration as an overseas elector?
When can I apply for registration as an overseas elector?
How can I apply for registration as an overseas elector?
Must I have an overseas address at the point of application?
How will I know whether my application to be registered as an overseas elector is successful?
How long will my registration as an overseas elector be valid?
Being an overseas elector, which type of election can I vote in?
Can I change the overseas polling station at which I had registered to vote as an overseas elector?
How do I know when I am to cast my vote if I had been registered to vote overseas?
What should I do when I change my overseas address after I had registered as an overseas elector?
Are there any guidelines on the completion of the Application Form?
Every year, the UK sends an electoral registration form to each household, which must be completed. This includes foreign residents from commonwealth countries. As Singapore is one of the commonwealth countries, some Singaporeans in the UK have found their names entered in the UK electoral registers. Can these Singaporeans be registered as overseas electors to vote in the Singapore Elections?



Who can apply to be registered as an overseas elector?
Any overseas Singapore Citizen who is entitled to have his name entered or retained in any Register of Electors for an electoral division and who satisfies the qualifying criteria stipulated in section 13A(1)(a) and (b) of the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA), may apply to be registered as an overseas elector.
How do I qualify to have my name entered or retained in a Register of Electors?
If you are -
   (a)not less than 21 years of age as of the cut-off date of the Registers of Electors;
   (b)holding a Singapore NRIC;
   (c)having a Singapore residential address registered with the Commissioner of National Registration, and
   (d)not disqualified from being an elector under any prevailing law,
your name will be entered or retained in the Register of Electors for the electoral division in which your Singapore address is located.
Why must I have a residential address in Singapore?
The Registers of Electors are compiled according to electoral divisions. Your residential address in Singapore determines the electoral division you belong to. Without a Singapore residential address, Elections Department is unable to allocate you to, and enter your name in the Register of Electors of, any electoral division.
How can I register a residential address in Singapore?
Under section 8(2) of the National Registration Act (Cap. 201), you are allowed to register a residential address in Singapore as your local contact address, which is either the address of any residential property which you still own an estate or interest in, or the residential address of any of your family members.

"Family member", as defined in the said section of the National Registration Act, includes:
 
   (i)your spouse, grandparent, parent, sibling, child or grandchild;
   (ii)any grandparent, parent or sibling of your spouse; or
   (iii)any sibling of any of your parents or your spouse�s parents or any child of any of your siblings or spouse's siblings.
 
Registration must be made by the submission of a duly completed and signed "Declaration Form A" to be faxed or sent to the Manager (Identity Card), Citizen Services Centre, ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road #03-00, Singapore 208718, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE (Fax No. (65) 62936991).

Click for "Declaration Form A".
Can I apply to be registered as an overseas elector if I had failed to vote in any previous election?
If you had failed to vote in any previous election, your name would have been removed from the Register of Electors. You can concurrently apply to have your name restored to the Register of Electors and apply to be registered as an overseas elector. However, your application to be registered as an overseas elector will be processed only if your application for restoration of your name to the Register of Electors is successful.
What are the qualifying criteria for registration as an overseas elector?
In addition to having your name in the Registers of Electors, :
  (a)you must have resided in Singapore for an aggregate of two years during the period of five years of being away as of the cut-off date of the Registers of Electors; OR
  (b)you are -
  (i)on full-time training or full-time service abroad as a member of the Singapore Armed Forces, or as a public officer or an employee of a Singapore public authority;
  (ii)on full-time training which is sponsored by the Singapore Government or any Singapore public authority;
  (iii)employed outside Singapore by an international organisation of which Singapore is a member, or any other organisation designated by the President under the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore; or
  (iv)the spouse, or a parent, child or dependent of a person referred to in sub-paragraphs (i) to (iii) above.
The above are provided under section 13A(1)(a) and (b) of the PEA.
When can I apply for registration as an overseas elector?
You can apply for registration as an overseas elector during the registration period as posted on the Singapore Elections Website.
How can I apply for registration as an overseas elector?
You can apply to be registered as an overseas elector by the submission of a duly completed and signed "Application To Be Overseas Electors" Form:
  (a)by hand at the Elections Department, or at any overseas registration centre, or any inspection centre for the Registers of Electors in Singapore.
  (b)by registered post to Elections Department or any overseas registration centre.

The "Application To Be Overseas Electors" Form can be:

  (a)downloaded from the Singapore Elections Website. You are advised to follow the simple question-and-answer procedure and key in the required information online before printing out the completed Form; or
  (b)obtained from any overseas registration centre, Contact Singapore Centre, Singapore Club, or any inspection centre in Singapore or from Elections Department.
Must I have an overseas address at the point of application?
Yes, you must. It is stated in the law that your current mailing address outside Singapore (i.e. your overseas address) must be provided in the Application Form.
How will I know whether my application to be registered as an overseas elector is successful?
Decision on applications for registration will be made by the Registration Officer (at Elections Department) only on receipt of the duly completed and signed Application Form (hardcopy). A reply will be sent to you whether or not your application is successful. If your application is successful, the name of the overseas polling station where you are to cast your vote will be indicated in the reply.
 
How long will my registration as an overseas elector be valid?
Your registration will be valid until the next revision of the Registers of Electors. When the Registers of Electors are next revised, you will have to make a fresh application to be registered as an overseas elector.
Being an overseas elector, which type of election can I vote in?
The registration is good for both parliamentary election and presidential election.
Can I change the overseas polling station at which I had registered to vote as an overseas elector?
You cannot change the overseas polling station until the next revision of the Registers of Electors.
How do I know when I am to cast my vote if I had been registered to vote overseas?
The dates of poll for overseas voting will be published in the Singapore Government Gazette and will be announced through the Singapore media and the Singapore Elections Website.

You will also receive a poll letter sent to your overseas address as registered with Elections Department. The poll letter will contain, amongst other things, the name of the electoral division based on your local residential address, the name of the overseas polling station at which you will cast your vote, as well as the designated polling date and hours for that polling station. The poll letter will also be sent to your local address.
What should I do when I change my overseas address after I had registered as an overseas elector?
You need to inform Elections Department of any change in your overseas address in writing, stating your name, Singapore NRIC number and new overseas address. You can send in your notification by post to Elections Department at 11 Prinsep Link Singapore 187949, or e-mail to the Department at ELD_Feedback@eld.gov.sg or by updating your overseas address at the Singapore Elections Website.
Are there any guidelines on the completion of the Application Form?
The online registration module in the Singapore Elections Website and the printed Application Form for registration are user-friendly. You should have no problems completing the Form. If you are one of those applicants who qualify under the criterion of residing in Singapore for an aggregate of "2-out-of-5years" prior to the cut-off-date and are required to provide the period of your stay in Singapore, we have provided a sample of the completed Form for your reference.
Every year, the UK sends an electoral registration form to each household, which must be completed. This includes foreign residents from commonwealth countries. As Singapore is one of the commonwealth countries, some Singaporeans in the UK have found their names entered in the UK electoral registers. Can these Singaporeans be registered as overseas electors to vote in the Singapore Elections?
Under the Singapore election law, the qualifications to stand as a candidate in any parliamentary or presidential election parallel the basic qualifications to be a voter. Hence, any citizen whose name is entered in a register of electors of any other country or territory is disqualified from voting in and being a candidate at any parliamentary or presidential election in Singapore. The restriction is necessary to ensure that the candidate and voter legitimately belong to our Singapore community and have no stake in the national politics of a foreign country whose interests may be incompatible with Singapore�s. Nevertheless, we will review whether this restriction on the eligibility for voters should continue to coincide with that for candidates as quite a few foreign countries now enable voting by non-citizens at their national elections.
Singapore citizens who have a right of abode in the UK or who have been admitted to the UK without any time limit on their stay and who are free to take up employment or study are eligible to be in the UK electoral registers. For these Singapore citizens who find their names entered in the UK electoral registers, a practical course of action is for them to apply to have their names temporarily taken off the UK registers before the close of registration as our overseas electors.
     
    Last Updated on: 07 Apr 2006