Fevered speculation over the timing of the next General Election (GE) has arisen after the Elections Department (ELD) put up a tender for at least 150 polling booths, to be delivered by 31 October 2019.
Speculation that the next GE – which must be held by 15 April 2021 – will be held as early as this year has been rife for several months even though the Government did not give any indication that the election will be brought forward.
Then, on 4 Sept, the ELD announced that the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) was convened last month, marking the first firm step towards the next General Election. The formation of the EBRC – which reviews the boundaries of the electoral map – precedes the calling of the next GE.
In the past three General Elections (GEs), the EBRC has taken between two to four months to complete the review. The time between the release of the EBRC’s report and polling day has ranged from as little as 17 days to as long as six months, in Singapore history.
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