SINGAPORE: Voting is currently in progress in Singapore for the 2023 Presidential Election.
The polls commenced at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 8 p.m. on Friday (1 Sept), allowing Singaporean citizens to cast their votes for the nation’s ninth president.
The three candidates in contention are Mr Ng Kok Song (75), the former GIC investment chief; Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam (66), a former senior minister of the People’s Action Party; and Mr Tan Kin Lian (75), the former NTUC Income chief.
An impressive total of 2,709,455 eligible voters are participating in this election, signifying an increase of over 55,000 individuals from the 2,653,942 electors in GE2020.
According to the latest updates from the Elections Department (ELD), as of 3 p.m., approximately 74 per cent of voters have already exercised their right to vote.
Only a few of the 1,264 polling stations still have short queues, as reported by the ELD.
A substantial number of 2,004,961 Singaporean citizens have participated in the voting process, and it has been described as a smooth and efficient operation by the ELD.
Morning queues and system errors challenge smooth start to the PE 2023 poll
However, some hiccups arose this morning, long queues formed at polling stations across the island before they officially opened at 8 am.
For instance, at the void deck of Block 307 Jurong East Street 32, a queue of approximately 100 voters had already formed.
Similarly, at Yangzheng Primary School in Serangoon, around 60 voters were in line by 8:10 a.m.
By 9 a.m., roughly 200 people were queuing at Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School.
Reports from The Straits Times indicated system errors occurring throughout Singapore. At Bukit Timah Community Club, election officials informed voters that the registration system was lagging, causing slow-moving lines.
The Elections Department acknowledged these issues in a statement at 8:40 a.m. and recommended that voters consider arriving later in the day.