Archive for the ‘Presidential Election’ Category

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 […]

Update 24 Sept : One more result in from Fuhua Secondary (Jurong GRC).  TCB did very well at this counting centre with 46.8%, almost an outright majority. Again, entirely consistent with media reports, and this data point brings TCB’s average up to 34.5% in this sample, closer to his actual vote share of 34.8% overall. This […]

UPDATE: Results by polling district for six counting centers are posted at I’m looking for volunteers who are able to help me increase the transparency of the electoral process in Singapore by volunteering as counting agents in the upcoming Presidential Elections and sharing with me detailed election results by polling district. Even though there […]