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DPM Teo on election laws for overseas voting

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said current election laws for overseas voting ensure only Singaporeans who maintain links to the country are eligible to vote.

DPM Teo on election laws for overseas voting

Teo Chee Hean

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said current election laws for overseas voting ensure only Singaporeans who maintain links to the country are eligible to vote.

To be on the register of voters, overseas Singaporeans must have a local address, and be resident in Singapore for at least 30 days in the three years before an election.

Mr Teo was responding in Parliament on Monday to a question on the issue from opposition MP Chen Show Mao.

"All that an overseas Singaporean needs to do is to come home for, say 10 days a year to visit his family and friends. In this way, they remain engaged in our domestic affairs and do not lose the connection with their homeland. This will help them make an informed choice when they cast their votes," said Mr Teo.

Before 2008, the residency period was longer.

Singaporeans had to be living in Singapore for a total of two years out of the five years before an election.

Election laws to allow overseas voting were first introduced in 2001.

Source: CNA/cc

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