Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections, Part 4: Mayors and the Community Development Councils (CDC)

10 October 2014

MARUAH held a press conference on 9 Oct to highlight 2 research papers, as part of its ongoing project, Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections. This is the third in a series of media and public engagements that MARUAH has arranged, with the first two focusing on citizens’ confidence in the secrecy of the ballot and what it considers are areas for reform in the GRC system.

The second paper deals with the roles Mayors and the Community Development Councils (CDC) play in elections.

MARUAH Mayors Position Paper
MARUAH CDC Mayors PowerpointPresentation


Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections, Part 3: electoral boundaries and CDCs

10 October 2014

MARUAH held a press conference on 9 Oct to highlight 2 research papers, as part of its ongoing project, Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections. This is the third in a series of media and public engagements that MARUAH has arranged, with the first two focusing on citizens’ confidence in the secrecy of the ballot and what it considers are areas for reform in the GRC system.

The first paper deals with the issue of electoral boundaries, mapping out the frequency of the changes made to electoral boundaries and the impact these changes have on the electorate.

MARUAH EBRC Position Paper
MARUAH EBRC Annex 1 pdf
MARUAH EBRC Annex 2 (Timeline of boundary changes)
MARUAH Electoral Boundary Delimitation Powerpoint Presentation

Some media coverage of the event :

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2014/10/13/maruah-more-transparency-needed-in-electoral-boundary-review/ (TOC)

Group urges more transparency in drawing electoral boundaries (Today)

Independent committee should define electoral boundaries: MARUAH (Yahoo! News)

 


Media coverage on MARUAH position paper on GRC system – Part 2

26 August 2013

Yahoo News Singapore carried MARUAH’s response to comments by A/Prof Eugene Tan and Dr Gillian Koh on MARUAH’s position paper on the GRC system.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/political-analysts-caution-against-reverting-to-all-smc-system-025003999.html

Also see below for more media coverage
http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/having-race-requirements-in-elections-is-a-form-of-racial-politics/
http://www.breakfastnetwork.sg/?p=7275

Note:
Part 1 of media coverage here
MARUAH’s position paper on the GRC system here


Media coverage on MARUAH position paper on GRC system

20 August 2013

Both mainstream & social media reported on MARUAH’s position paper on the Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system

Channel News Asia
MARUAH Proposes “Ethnic Balancing Contingency System” As Alternative To GRC http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/maruah-proposes-ethnic/782158.html

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Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections: MARUAH Position Paper on the GRC system

19 August 2013

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MARUAH has published a position paper on the Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system in elections in Singapore.

In this position paper, the second in its electoral reform series, MARUAH approaches the issue of Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) from the standpoint of the right to representative government as well as free and fair elections.

This paper concurs with the goal of ensuring minority representation in Parliament. However it argues that the GRC system is a poor tool to this end because it creates more impediments to electoral and representational fairness than it solves.

See links below for the documents

  1. powerpoint – MARUAH Position Paper on a fairer alternative to the GRC system
  2. MARUAH Position Paper On The GRC System

Click the link below to see the 1st position paper in our electoral reform series.
https://maruah.org/2013/02/06/defending-the-legitimacy-of-singapore-elections-maruah-position-paper-on-improving-citizen-confidence-in-the-secrecy-of-the-ballot/


Defending the Legitimacy of Singapore Elections: MARUAH Position Paper on Improving Citizen Confidence in the Secrecy of the Ballot

6 February 2013

MARUAH has published a position paper on voter confidence in ballot secrecy during elections in Singapore.

The paper studies the extent of voter confidence in ballot secrecy in Singapore elections and offers way to ensure that secrecy can be enhanced. On the basis of empirical evidence gathered from two surveys, MARUAH is setting out the view that a significant share of Singapore voters – approximately 10% – still cast their vote in fear that their ballots may be traced back to them by the authorities. This erodes the legitimacy of Singapore’s elections, undermines the standing of Parliament and violates the spirit of the 1971 declaration of Commonwealth principles signed by Singapore.

MARUAH sets out recommendations to address this problem so as to defend the perceived integrity of Singapore’s elections and to strengthen political stability by widening social acceptance of electoral outcomes.

MARUAH Position Paper on Improving Citizen Confidence in the Secrecy of the Ballot
ANNEX A – Country comparison
ANNEX B – Photographs