Archive for the ‘Elections’ Category

The Elections Department released early indications of polling results for the first time during the 2015 General Elections by publicly announcing the result of sampling checks within 2 hours of the close of polls. Sampling checks have been carried out since 2001 or earlier, but the results were not made known to all candidates or […]

DOS does not publish breakdowns of citizen population by age group. The published population pyramids are for “residents” which includes permanent residents. However, the government did publish the actual number of Singapore citizens aged 20-64 in 2011 in the population white paper¬†together with forecasts up to 2060. Chart 6 shows their forecast for the number […]

UPDATE: The EBRC report has been released. See comments at bottom of post. The Elections Department (ELD) recently published revisions to polling districts. This revision comes six months after the last revision in February, which is an unusually short interval as previous revisions were spaced a year or more apart. Polling districts (PDs), also known […]

In brief, The delimitation process in Singapore is opaque and not subject to public scrutiny. Some boundaries appear to be arbitrary or designed to favour one party. This results in weaker community ties and cynicism towards the political process. Maruah urges the government to raise the level of impartiality, equality, representativeness, non-discrimination and transparency of […]

Guide for Counting Agents (ELD)

Looks like the Elections Department has released its’ Guide for Counting Agents in the Hougang by-election, and the sampling check for “the purpose of checking against the result of count for that counting place” remains in place. Seems fairly pointless to check “against the result of count” given that there’s no way for them to change the ballot papers even if the final result doesn’t agree with the sampling check. The real question is whether the AROs will disclose the results of the validity check to Counting Agents at the time it is carried out, and who receives the “sampling check” information after it is compiled by ELD HQ, but before the announcement of the vote counts at the counting centres.


Hopefully ELD will explain the purpose of the sampling check before the next election. I don’t think it is tenable for ELD to conduct a sampling check during the counting without being more open and transparent as to the use of the data generated by the sampling check.

In a posting on his blog, Cherian George reminds readers of MediaCorp’s refusal to air any hints of election results prior to the official announcement by the Returning Officer: Members also commented that while they understood the need for CNA to ensure that the results were verified before they were announced on air, the […]