Just before the general elections last year, I wrote a piece about voting for the first time, as a voter in Ang Mo Kio GRC.
Read “Confessions Of A First-Time Voter: Who To Vote For Ah?“, and here’s a short excerpt:
“Before the General Election in 2011, friends in the army mused that even though we were old enough to wield rifles as national servicemen, we were not old enough to vote as citizens of Singapore. Just two or three years shy of 21, we lamented our ineligibility, since only one group representation constituency (GRC) – Tanjong Pagar, helmed by the late Lee Kuan Yew – went uncontested, and looked forward eagerly to the next edition.
Yet after checking the registers of electors this year, with the knowledge that my electoral division is Ang Mo Kio, the initial excitement gave way to confusion. Who to vote for ah?
And amidst speculations of when the General Election would be held – after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong informed Parliament in July this year that the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee had been formed two months ago – there has been a chorus of familiar refrains about the significance of the vote. Vote wisely, they say. Be a responsible citizen, because how the vote is cast at the ballot box will affect the future of the country.”