Singapore: Tan Cheng Bock’s appeal on presidential election begins – 31 Jul 2017

  • His appeal is being heard by a five-judge panel of the apex court, which includes Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.
  • In his legal challenge dismissed by Justice Quentin Loh on 7 Jul 17, Dr Tan had contested the counting of the five consecutive terms before a reserved election from the term of President Wee Kim Wee.
  • Mr Wee was in office when the elected presidency took effect in 1991, and there have been four other terms since including that of current President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
  • Dr Tan, 77, had argued this was unconstitutional as Mr Wee was not popularly elected. He contends that the Government should start counting from President Ong Teng Cheong, so the reserved election should start in 2023 at the earliest.
  • But Justice Loh ruled that Parliament, ultimately, has the right to decide which presidential terms to take into account. In his judgment, Justice Loh said the Constitution does not specify that only a popularly elected president can be considered for the purposes of determining when an election should be reserved.

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