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GE2020: Singapore passport can be used in place of NRIC on Polling Day, says Elections Department

GE2020: Singapore passport can be used in place of NRIC on Polling Day, says Elections Department

A photo illustration shows a Singapore passport on Mar 29, 2020. (File photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: A Singapore passport can be used in place of an NRIC on Polling Day, the Elections Department said in a press statement on Saturday (Jun 27), after the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) saw a surge in demand for identity card (IC) services.

“The Elections Department (ELD) would like to assure Singaporeans that the Singapore passport can be used in lieu of the NRIC on Polling Day," it said. 

ELD also reminded Singaporeans that the address on their poll card is based on the registered address as of Mar 1, the cut-off date for the preparation of the Registers of Electors.

“Voters are assigned their polling stations based on their registered addresses as of that date.”

Since the ELD's announcement of the Writ of Election on Jun 23, ICA said it experienced a "huge surge" in demand for IC services, especially for the replacement and collection of ICs, and change of address.

The demand for IC services has surged by between 40 per cent and 140 per cent, ICA said in a separate news release, adding that it received more than 1,000 IC-related requests daily since the ELD announcement. 

"This surge is compounded by a higher volume of IC-related applications following the end of the circuit breaker, as ICA services were scaled back during the circuit breaker​​​​," ICA said.

The agency added that it has deployed additional manpower to manage the increase in demand. 

Singapore residents who have made IC applications between Jan 1 and May 31 will have their ICs delivered to their homes.

ICA will also prioritise processing applications for replacement ICs over requests for re-registeration of ICs.

"The former is more important in the context of the upcoming General Election, as the IC would be the primary means of identity verification for the purposes of voting," the agency said.

It also reminded the public not to go to the ICA Building without making an appointment for services.

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Nomination Day will take place on Jun 30, with Polling Day set for Jul 10. 

Earlier this month, ELD issued contingency plans for an election held during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Measures include having more polling stations, e-Registration, and use of face masks except when identity verification is needed. Voters will  also get a recommended time-band to cast their ballots, to ensure that the crowds are spread out throughout polling hours. 

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Source: CNA/aa


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