By: Agence France-Presse
Singaporeans Tuesday poured scorn on the method to pick their new president after an institution determine was deemed the one eligible candidate, that means no election will likely be held.
Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the city-state’s Muslim Malay minority, would be the first girl to carry the largely ceremonial position if — as anticipated — she is formally nominated to the presidency Wednesday.
But the 63-year-old will keep away from an election initially slated for September 23, as others hoping to run in opposition to her had been judged by authorities to not have met strict eligibility standards.
Five individuals had expressed an curiosity in turning into president of the tightly-controlled, prosperous nation of about 5.5 million individuals.
Two had been disqualified as they weren’t Malay — the presidency was on this event reserved for members of the ethnic minority — whereas two Malay businessmen had been disqualified as their firms had been too small.
“All Singaporeans are unhappy that meritocracy and electoral fairness, core Singaporean values, have been eroded to fulfil perceived political goals,” author and political commentator Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh advised AFP.
There was criticism of the method on social media, with Facebook consumer Hussain Shamsuddin commenting: “As a citizen of this democratic island nation, I’m deeply embarrassed.”
“Don’t call it an election if we Singaporeans can’t vote,” wrote Fazly Jijio Din on Facebook.
There was no fast response from the federal government.
It shouldn’t be the primary time president has been chosen unopposed, and when there was a vote, the institution candidate has at all times gained.
The president’s position is basically that of a figurehead however the head of state does have some restricted powers.
It was the primary time that the presidency had been reserved for a specific ethnic group, as authorities search to foster concord in a multicultural society dominated by ethnic Chinese.
Singapore is likely one of the world’s wealthiest and most steady societies however its political system is tightly managed. The People’s Action Party has been in energy since self-rule was gained from the British in 1959.