Guide for voters on Polling Day
TODAY is Polling Day. For those heading to the polls, here is what you need to know:
1. WHEN DO POLLING STATIONS OPEN?
The 832 polling stations across Singapore open at 8am and close at 8pm.
2. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
polling card, and
original identification documents, which can be your identity card or passport.
3. WHAT SHOULD I NOT BRING?
Things not to bring into the polling station include cameras, video cameras, alcohol, sharp objects, large bags and animals/pets (except guide dogs).
Do not bring any document or material which shows a political party's or candidate's symbol. The law prohibits canvassing and all forms of election activity on Polling Day, except voting.
4. HOW DO I VOTE?
Show your poll card and identity documents, then follow the directions of the election officials on duty at the polling station.
You may be asked to make a declaration of identity and sign the declaration before being given a ballot paper.
Mark your choice clearly with an "X" in the box on the right of the ballot paper, beside the name, photo and symbol of the candidate of your choice.
To cast a valid vote:
Clearly choose only one party.
Do not write your name or particulars that may identify you.
You have only one chance at this. If you change your mind or mark the wrong candidate, you will not get a new ballot paper. This prevents a person from casting multiple votes, and enables strict accounting of all ballots issued and cast.
Then fold your ballot paper over your mark so as to cover your choice and drop the ballot paper into a ballot box.
5. WHAT ARE THE DOS AND DON'TS?
Do not bring the ballot paper out of the polling station. This is an offence.
Do not put anything else into the ballot box.
Do not use your mobile phone in the polling station.
Do not wear any attire or badge which shows a political party's or candidate's symbol.
6. WHEN WILL WE KNOW THE RESULTS?
For the first time, the Elections Department will make public the results of sample counts for each of the constituencies soon after polling stations close at 8pm today.
This means voters will get a rough idea of the results - except for those in close contests - from around 10pm, instead of having to wait past midnight, as in previous elections.
Get live updates on The Straits Times election site at
The offical results will be telecast live on television. Returning officer Ng Wai Choong will announce the results.