Nomination Day for Presidential Election 2017 will be held on Wednesday 13 Sept.
That’s when we will know whether we have a chance to cast our vote, or whether PE2017 will be a walkover.
Eligible candidates must pay an election deposit of S$43,500 by noon on Nomination Day.
Polling Day will be declared a public holiday.
The Writ of Election was issued this afternoon by PM Lee Hsien Loong.
This year, there will be a new form for candidates to voluntarily undertake that they will conduct their election campaign in a manner that is dignified, decorous and consistent with the President’s position as the Head of State and the symbol of national unity.
Three candidates will potentially be contesting in PE2017 – businessmen Salleh Marican and Farid Khan, and former MP Halimah Yacob.
Potentially – Mr Salleh and Mr Farid might not be approved to run.
Both men do not meet the minimum requirement of S$500 million shareholder equity for private sector candidates.
They will be hoping that discretion will be granted in their favour by the Presidential Elections Committee.
Mr Salleh and Mr Farid are of Indian and Pakistani descent respectively and they will be hoping discretion will also be granted by the Community Committee to certify them as part of the Malay community.
Mdm Halimah, though also of Indian heritage, has been certified as “Malay” 4 times in her General Election contests.
She also meets the criteria required of candidates from the public sector.
If Mr Salleh and Mr Farid are not given the green light to run, we will see Mdm Halimah declared President on Nomination Day.