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    Aug 18, 2016

    Constitutional Commission on elected presidency finishes review

    THE Constitutional Commission formed to review Singapore's elected presidency has completed its review, with the report delivered to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.

    "The Commission wishes to thank all contributors for the thought and care put into their submissions and representations. The diversity of views expressed greatly benefited the Commission in its work," it said in a statement released on the same day.

    The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said the Government will study the report and will publish it and give its response in due course.

    "The Prime Minister would like to thank the Commission's chairman, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, and its other members for the deliberation and care with which they have carried out their tasks," PMO said in a statement.

    The Straits Times understands that PM Lee will address the issue of elected presidency in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday.

    The nine-member commission was appointed by him in February to review three aspects of the elected presidency that was instituted in 1991.

    In February, it made a public call for submissions on the three areas being studied.

    These are: the eligibility criteria for candidates; provisions for minority candidates to have a chance of being elected from time to time; and changes to ensure members of the Council of Presidential Advisers have experience in the public and private sectors.

    The commission received a little over 100 submissions.