Electoral Dispute Resolution

The Parliamentary Elections Act stipulates categories and punishment for corrupt practices in Article 57-60 on personation, treating, undue influence, bribery. Every person who commits the offense of such practices shall be convicted by a District Court and will be fined between 1,000-5,000 SGD, or to imprisonment for a term between 6 months – 3 years or both, depending on the practice (Art. 61(1)). The person who is convicted of corrupt practice shall become incapable for a period of 7 years from the date of the conviction of being registered as an elector or of voting at any election under this Act or being elected as the President or a Member, and if the date he/she has been elected as a Member, his/ her election shall be vacated from the date of the conviction (Art. 61(2)).

The grounds for avoiding elections (Article 89-9) stipulates the application for avoidance of election on certain grounds. The election of a candidate as a Member shall be declared to be void on an application made to an Election Judge on general bribery, general treating, or general intimidation or other misconduct or other circumstances (Art. 90). The Proceedings may be instituted in the High Court against any person acting or claiming to be entitled to act as an elected Member on the ground of his/her being disqualified within the meaning of this section for so action (Art. 91(1)).

The appointment and powers of the Election Judge (Art. 92) stipulates every application under section 90 shall be heard by the Chief Justice or by a Judge of the Supreme Court nominated by the Chief Justice of the purpose. The Chief of Justice or the Judge so nominated is referred to in this Act as the Election Judge.

Source :

Singapore Statutes Online, Parliamentary Elections Art (Chapter 218) Original Enactment: Ordinance 26 of 1954 Revised edition 2011, https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/PEA1954 

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