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An invitation to a public forum on Singapore's Elected Presidency




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By: the organisers of the public forum
About the Forum
On 10 February 2016, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the appointment of a Constitutional Commission to study and make recommendations on specific aspects of the Elected Presidency.
As part of its review, the Commission has invited Singaporeans to submit their views on changes they want to see to the following three areas:

  1. the criteria that qualify a person to be a candidate in the presidential election;
  2. provisions to make sure racial minority candidates stand a fair chance to be elected President ; and
  3. the role and composition of the Council of Presidential Advisors in governing how the President exercises his powers.[1]

The deadline for submissions to the Commission is 21 March 2016.
With the view of encouraging civic participation and thoughtful deliberation, we are holding a Forum to discuss and engage views on the terms of reference set out by the Commission.
Date: 5 March 2016
Time: 2 – 5pm
Venue: ERC Institute, 30 Prinsep Street, Income at Prinsep Building, Level 7, Room 7B Singapore 188647 (Google map: https://goo.gl/1gZe9J)
Our Speakers
We are pleased to have as our Speaker, NUS Law Professor Kevin Y L Tan[2] who will give a historical overview of the office of the President and its evolution.
Our second Speaker will be Dr Chong Ja Ian, Assistant Professor at NUS Department of Political Science.[3] He will discuss the institutional role of the Elected Presidency and the significance of the areas which have been identified for review by the Commission.
Thereafter, the organisers will facilitate an open discussion at which those attending will be invited to ask questions, offer their views and exchange opinions on the issues at stake for Singaporeans.
You are warmly invited to attend the Forum.
To help us with the logistics, please RSVP to this event by indicating your attendance on our Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562598400734190/

[1] For more, see: https://www.reach.gov.sg/participate/public-consultation/constitutional-commission/constitutional-commission-secretariat/specific-aspects-of-the-elected-presidency
[2] To view Professor Kevin Y L Tan’s profile, see
[3] To view Dr Chong Ja Ian’s profile, see http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/polcji/

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