By now, most Singaporeans will know that there’s going to be a Reserved Presidential Election which is supposed to happen by the end of September 2017 (which is rather soon, right?).
Three candidates have declared their intention to run: Businessmen Salleh Marican and Farid Khan, as well as former Speak of Parliament Halimah Yacob.
All three have good credentials. All three individuals are your typical rags to riches story examples.
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But here’s the thing, by the looks of it, Salleh Marican and Farid Khan might not be able to qualify and run in the elections, because of the qualifying criteria of having $500 million of shareholder equity in a company.
Coincidentally, the two gentlemen are the 1st two candidates who have submitted their applications .
Halimah Yacob has yet to submit her application forms as of now. But she will qualify because she satisfies the public sector service requirements.
If she does happen to be the only person to qualify, likely there will be a walkover, meaning there won’t be a Presidential Election.
What’s after a walkover?
The moment there is walkover, the candidate that qualifies to stand for election is declared the President (what else were you expecting?).
There is a high chance that the person who could be our next President is Madam Halimah Yacob.
After all, Halimah has been in public service for the past 40 years with 33 of them serving in the trade unions. It’s definitely been a good track record.
She was the Speaker of Parliament since 2013 which she has to be impartial in her duties to enforce the rules prescribed in the Standing Orders for the orderly conduct of parliamentary sittings.
I think Singaporeans can be assured that she will continue to be impartial in carrying out her duties as President if eventually she does become it.