Who Can be a Candidate in the Singapore General Elections?

Last updated on December 28, 2023

According to section 27(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA), any person eligible for election as an MP in accordance with the Constitution may be nominated as a candidate for election. In accordance with Article 44 of the Constitution, a person is qualified to be an MP if:

  • He is a citizen of Singapore;
  • He is of the age of 21 years or above on Nomination Day;
  • His name appears in a current register of electors;
  • He is resident in Singapore at the date of his nomination for election and has been so resident for periods amounting in the aggregate to not less than 10 years prior to that date;
  • He is able, with a degree of proficiency sufficient to enable him to take an active part in the proceedings of Parliament, to speak and, unless incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause, to read and write at least one of the following languages, that is to say, English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil; and
  • He is not disqualified from being an MP under Article 45*

*Article 45 of the Singapore Constitution disqualifies one from membership of Parliament if the candidate:

  • Is of unsound mind;
  • Is an undischarged bankrupt;
  • Holds an office of profit;
  • Has failed to lodge any return of election expenses required by law within the time and in the manner so required;
  • Is convicted of an offence by a court of law in Singapore or elsewhere and sentenced to a jail term of at least 1 year or a fine of at least $10,000, and not received a free pardon (where the conviction is by a foreign court, the offence must also be one that is punishable by a court in Singapore);
  • Has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of, or exercised rights of citizenship in, a foreign country or has made a declaration of allegiance to a foreign country; or
  • Is disqualified under any law relating to offences in connection with the elections.