On 23rd June 2020, the President of Singapore on advice from the Prime Minister dissolved Parliament and issued the Writ of Election.
I raised an application to the Singapore Courts for a Prohibitory Order against the Returning Officer from holding the General Election under the current pandemic circumstances as it would not result in a free and fair election. We also sought clarity from the Singapore Courts for declarations that the right to vote and the right to free and fair elections are fundamental rights guaranteed to all citizens of the Republic of Singapore.
Our application was heard by the High Court on the 29th of June 2020 and appealed on an expedited basis to the Court of Appeal on the 30th of June 2020.
Although the Court of Appeal dismissed our challenge, it pronounced with clarity that the right to vote is indeed a constitutional right.
The High Court issued cost orders against us for SGD8,924.85 and the Court of Appeal issued cost orders for SGD15,418.30. The total cost orders amount to SGD24,343.15.
Including GoGetFunding 4% fees, the amount we need to raise is SGD25,317.
We need the support of donors to help us fund these court orders in support of our challenge which sought to seek clarity that the right to vote is constitutionally protected for Singaporeans.
When such rights are not expressed to be constitutionally protected, there will be threat to the democracy and the constitutional supremacy of the Republic of Singapore.
For more background, we have included The Online Citizens reporting on the General Election challenge.