Robert HO <ic019@...
> wrote: Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 17:31:01 +0800 (CST)
From: Robert HO <ic019@...
Subject: Petition PAP to eliminate 'walkover' election wins and LKY to STOP RIGGING ELECTIONS!
When was the last time you got to vote?
1. Harish Pillay
Jan 10, 12:25 am
From: "Harish Pillay"
Date: 9 Jan 2006 08:25:46 -0800
Local: Tues, Jan 10 2006 12:25 am
Subject: When was the last time you got to vote?
I have taken the liberty to create an online petition
to seek for
an amendment to the Elections Act to do away with the
When was the last time you got to vote? If you are
of Singaporeans who got to vote, you are one of the
There are more people who never voted than there are
This is an anomaly that cannot be left to repeat.
Voting is a
fundamental right - not a privilege - and you have
to exercise it if you want to. The decision to vote
or not should
not be made up for you because of a technicality.
democracy cannot be expedited nor be sacrificed at the
Please see http://www.petitiononline.com/temasek
agree with it, please consider signing.
 has a reference and some
on the suggestion/petition.
In 2001, when the last election concluded, two other
of the Round Table and I wrote a commentary asking
other things, the elimination of walkovers.
Walkovers are an abomination and represents a denial
basic right to vote as enshrined in the The United
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
I cannot find
a reference to that right in the Singapore
No one is entitled to be called a representative of
when that person did not even register a single vote
favour and got into the Parliament for want of a
These "backdoor MPs" have no legitimacy in the eyes of
electorate and have no moral right to represent
sadly, also applies to President Nathan - I have
the man and I would probably have voted in his favour
if I was
given a chance!
A senior member of the ruling party is quoted in
 that we do not need such
and that a "straight text-book Western-style
democracy" will not
work in Singapore. It is sad and pathetic that
phrases such as
that continue to be used to brush off serious and
The right to vote has to be exercised at every
cannot be a scenario that "I don't know if I have to
vote". If you
do not use it, you will lose it.
So, please consider signing up to the petition
I am not sure
establishment will even care to listen and change, but
if we do
not try, we have only ourselves to blame.
Let's not let the phrase "Every/Your Vote Counts" ring