Application to hold by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee has “no merit”: Deputy AG Hri Kumar

Application to hold by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee has “no merit”: Deputy AG Hri Kumar

The Independent·2018-01-25 02:10

Deputy Attorney General Hri Kumar said Monday (22 Jan) that the application to hold a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC is not mandated by the constitution. Kumar declared that the application filed by Dr. Wong Souk Yee – a resident of Marsiling-Yew Tee who serves as the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)’s assistant treasurer – has no merit.

At the heart of the matter is how to interpret Article 24 (2A) of the Parliamentary Elections Act as well as Article 49 (1) of the country’s Constitution, which reads, “Whenever the seat of a Member, not being a non-constituency Member, has become vacant for any reason other than a dissolution of Parliament, the vacancy shall be filled by election in the manner provided by or under any law relating to Parliamentary elections for the time being in force.”

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