When does a Singapore Parliament election have to be held?

Last updated on May 5, 2011

Parliament shall stand dissolved 5 years from the date of its first sitting, unless dissolved sooner. In other words, the maximum term is 5 years before elections have to be held, according to Article 65(4) of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore.

Usually, Parliament is dissolved sooner, and Article 65(3) states that the President may dissolve Parliament at any time if advised by the Prime Minister. The President can withhold his consent if he is not satisfied that the Prime Minister commands the confidence of the majority of Parliament.

In the practical sense, the Prime Minister has discretion in deciding the date of the election before the end of 5 years.