[SGE introduces a new design for all elections that begin from the year 2000. Due to time constraints, revamp is not extended to previous elections.]
President S. R. Nathan, who earlier gave indications of a retirement, decided a month before this election to stand for another term. Once again, as the only candidate with a Certificate of Eligibility, he took the victory uncontested for the second time.
Four other candidates were denied the Certificate, including 2001 General Election independent candidate Ooi Boon Ewe. He was one of the two who failed to qualify for the 1999 Presidential Election.
But the most controversial unsuccessful applicant was Andrew Kuan, a former PAP member who was chief financial officer of Jurong Town Corporation. After Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called on those acquainted with Kuan to speak freely on what they knew about him, his former boss, JTC chief executive officer Chong Lit Cheong, held a press conference to expose him as a poor performer who was asked to resign. Kuan disputed this, saying he received a raise and bonus during his service.
In the end, the Presidential Elections Committee ruled that Kuan did not qualify, as a CFO did not meet the election law's requirement of having to previously serve as chairman or CEO for three years.
This election marked the first time an incumbent elected President ran for a second term in the Istana. Also, two out of three Presidential Elections in history have ended in a walkover.
Due to the non-contest, polling day scheduled for 27 August 2005, with overseas voting decreed for the first time in Singapore history, did not take place.
|Writ of election:
3 August 2005, Wednesday
17 August 2005, Wednesday
1 September 2005, Thursday