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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral Law 12 November 1954
Last updated: 21 July 2015
Mode of designation directly elected 89
appointed 9
other 3
Constituencies - 13 single-member constituencies
- 16 multi-member (4 to 6 members) "group representation constituencies" (GRC)
Voting system Majority: Simple majority vote
Each "group representation constituency" returns three to six members, one of whom must be from the Malay, the Indian or another minority community.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections.
There are no reserved seats or quotas for women, ethnic minorities or other categories.
Citizens overseas can vote under certain conditions.
Voting is compulsory, failure to do so resulting in the offender's name being expunged from the register. However, the voter's name can be reinstated if he/she justifies the failure to vote or pays a S$ 50 fine.
Voter requirements - age: 21
- Singaporean citizenship
- residence in the country
- disqualifications: allegiance to a foreign State, death sentence, imprisonment for more than 12 months, insanity, election-related offences, active duty with an armed force not funded by Parliament (unless domiciled in Singapore)
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 21
- Singaporean citizenship at time of nomination
- residence in the country for periods totalling at least 10 years
- ability, with a degree of proficiency sufficient to take an active part in the proceedings of Parliament, to read and write at least one of the following languages: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, English
Incompatibilities - office of profit
- civil servants
- persons in undischarged bankcruptcy
- persons fined for at least S$2,000
- persons who failed to lodge return of election expenses as required by law
Candidacy requirements - each candidate's nomination form must be signed by two persons as proposer and seconder and by not less than four other persons, all of whose names must appear on the register of electors for the candidate's electoral division
- deposit of S$13,500 (an amount equal to 8% of the total allowances payable to a member of parliament in the preceding calendar year), reimbursed if the candidate obtains more than 1/8 of the total number of votes polled in the constituency

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