Home News Featured News PAP MP set to ask PM Lee about lowering the voting age...

PAP MP set to ask PM Lee about lowering the voting age to age 18 years old

The current 21-year-old age limit falls in line with the past practice of the United Kingdom at the time independence was granted to Singapore, in 1965.

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

People’s Action Party (PAP) parliamentarian is set to ask his party leader, Prime Minister , about the possibility of lowering the voting age to 18 years old, when Parliament next convenes on Monday (5 Aug).

According to the Order Paper of Parliament, the Sembawang GRC MP has filed the following questions to ask PM Lee: “(a) if he will review the eligible voting age for Singaporeans under the Parliamentary Elections Act;

“(b) what is the consideration for retaining the current voting age;

“and (c) how many more voters will be eligible if the current voting age is changed to 18 years old.”

- Advertisement -

Order Paper of Parliament (5 Aug)

Currently, Singaporeans who are aged 21 and above are eligible to vote in elections. The 21-year-old age limit falls in line with the past practice of the United Kingdom at the time independence was granted to Singapore, in 1965.

In 1969, the United Kingdom decided to lower the British voting age to 18. The US, Canada, West Germany and France followed suit and changed the voting age to 18 within the following five years.

Last year, Malaysia – which was also a former crown colony, like Singapore – lowered the voting age to 18 years old and above. The voting-age amendment was passed unanimously in Parliament and will take effect starting with the next Malaysian general elections, due to be held before mid-2023.Follow us on Social Media

- Advertisement -

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Woman comes out of flat banging a gong repeatedly because her neighbour rings a bell for prayers

Singapore — In an incident revealing a lack of religious tolerance, a woman was filmed clanging a gong because her neighbour had to ring a bell for his prayers. One Livanesh Ramu wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Jun 9) that...

Jamus Lim comments on progressive wage model in Facebook post

Singapore — Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) Jamus Lim has noted that the progressive wage model (PWM) will raise the salaries of 30,000 workers employed as cleaners. Their wages will begin to go up from 2023. And by 2028,...

Suspected Ang Mo Kio cat-slasher arrested

Singapore – A 37-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of cat-slashing incidents in Ang Mo Kio. The Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS), an entity under the National Parks Board (NParks), conducted an operation on Tuesday (June...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent