Consular Bulletin 01/11 (9 Mar 2011)
SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON
CONSULAR BULLETIN 01/11
Dear fellow Singaporeans,
#1: 2011 Chinese New Year Reception Photos
Photos of the 2011 Chinese New Year Reception at the Singapore Embassy are up on our Facebook page. 'Like' us on Facebook and tag your photos now!
#2: Registration of Overseas Electors
If you have not registered to be an Overseas Electors and would like to do so, please refer to the requirements and instructions found in our website www.mfa.gov.sg/washington under 'Consular Bulletin'.
Some common FAQs we receive are extracted here for your reference. These can also be found in www.elections.gov.sg/
What if I did not vote in an election?
If you did not vote in an election, your name would be expunged from the Register of Electors after the election. Consequently, until your name is restored to the Register of Electors (upon your application), you would not be eligible to vote at any subsequent Presidential or Parliamentary election. You would also be disqualified from standing as a candidate at any subsequent Presidential or Parliamentary election.
Can I get my name back on the Register of Electors for my constituency?
You can do so anytime by applying to the Registration Officer with an explanation as to why you did not vote. You can verify your personal particulars in the Register of Electors.
However, a penalty is imposed if you do not have valid and sufficient reason for not voting. You must pay SG$50 to restore your name to the Register of Electors if you do not give valid and sufficient reason. Please apply early to restore your name to the Register of Electors after any election. Law prohibits the Registration Officer from restoring your name to the Register of Electors for your constituency if any writ of election is issued for that constituency. The Registration Officer can do so only after the election for that constituency is over. In the meantime you will not be allowed to vote at any poll or stand as a candidate in that constituency.
What would be regarded as a valid and sufficient reason for not voting?
The following explanations have been accepted as valid and sufficient reason for not voting:
(a) working overseas (including being on a business trip) at the time of the poll
(b) studying overseas at the time of the poll
(c) living with your spouse who is working or studying overseas
(d) overseas vacation which was planned before the poll
(e) illness, or delivering a baby
You need to substantiate your explanation when applying to restore your name to the Registers of Electors. For example, those who claim to be overseas to work or study, or to be living with a spouse who is working or studying overseas, the passport plus an employer's letter or educational institution's letter, and marriage certificate would be required. For those who were on an overseas vacation or business trip, the passport plus documents showing that the trip had been planned before Nomination Day should be produced, such as receipts from travel agencies, air tickets, hotel booking receipts, or a suitable letter from your employer. Those who did not vote for health reasons should produce a medical certificate, hospital bill or the child's birth certificate.
#3 SingPass Application
The SingPass allows Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents (above the age of 15 years old) to access government e-Services offered by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), Central Provident Fund Board (CPF), and many other services available at the eCitizen online portal.
If you do not have a SingPass and would like to apply for one, you can submit an Online Request and it will be posted to your official address maintained with the Government.
For more information, please refer to www.singpass.gov.sg
#4 White House Tours
The Singapore Embassy facilitates requests for White House tours for Singapore citizens. For more information, please refer to our website www.mfa.gov.sg/washington under 'Consular Services'.
#5: Registration with Embassy
All overseas Singaporeans are encouraged to register with the Embassy through eRegister at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/eregisterportal/appmanager/web/default or directly with the Embassy. This will enable us to contact and render necessary assistance during any emergency or crisis situation.
You may wish to advice other Singaporeans to register with the Embassy if they have not already done so. Should you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us directly at the following numbers:
Mr Mejar Singh Gill
Counsellor (Admin & Consular)
Mobile No.: 202-255-0474
Ms Geraldyn Chen
Second Secretary (Consular)
Mobile No.: 202-6646-2465
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