SINGAPORE: The High Court has dismissed the Attorney-General's application to appeal in the Court of Appeal against a judge's decision to exempt an Hougang resident from paying legal costs. Both parties met in a closed-door hearing on Wednesday. The Attorney-General said in a statement last week that the objective in making the application was to give the Supreme Court the opportunity to consider and clarify this issue of public importance. Justice Philip Pillai had ruled earlier this month that Madam Vellama Marie Muthu will not have to pay costs even though she lost her bid to get the court to declare that the prime minister does not have "unfettered discretion" in deciding on whether and when to call by-elections. The Attorney-General had sought S$10,000 in costs from Madam Vellama Marie Muthu, who had initiated the case in March this year after former Hougang Member of Parliament Yaw Shin Leong vacated his post. However Justice Pillai said that public interest … [Read more...] about High Court dismisses AG’s appeal in Hougang by-election case
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SINGAPORE: Ballot papers and other documents used in the Hougang by-election were destroyed on Saturday morning. According to the Parliamentary Elections Act, the ballot papers and other documents used in the election were retained, sealed and kept in safe custody for a period of six months. On Saturday morning, the ballot boxes were removed from the Supreme Court vault and then destroyed at Tuas South Incineration Plant. The Returning Officer, candidates and election agents involved in the Hougang by-election witnessed the process. The Hougang by-election was held on 26 May to fill the seat vacated by former MP Yaw Shin Leong, who was expelled over his alleged marital affairs. Mr Png Eng Huat from The Workers' Party won the seat with 62 per cent of the votes, over Desmond Choo from the People's Action Party with 38 per cent of the votes. … [Read more...] about Hougang by-election ballot papers destroyed
SINGAPORE: The ballot papers and other documents used in the Hougang by-election on May 26, 2012 will be destroyed on December 1 this year. They have been kept in sealed boxes at the Supreme Court for six months and will be destroyed at Tuas South Incineration Plant. The Elections Department said this practice will help to ensure the secrecy of the vote. Candidates who wish to witness the process have to inform the Elections Department by noon, November 30. The by-election in the single-seat constituency was held to fill the seat vacated by former Member of Parliament Yaw Shin Leong, who was expelled from The Workers' Party on February 15 this year following reports of personal indiscretions. Mr Png Eng Huat of The Workers' Party won the seat, with 62 per cent of the votes. He beat Mr Desmond Choo of the People's Action Party, who had 38 per cent of the votes. … [Read more...] about Hougang by-election ballot papers to be destroyed on Dec 1
This version was originally broadcast on September 24, but much of what Geoffrey Skelley, of FiveThirtyEight, predicted could happen, happened. The presidency is settled. But Skelley discusses what could come next. --- Joe Biden is the President-Elect, capturing more than 270 electoral college votes, with more than 4 million votes cast in his favour over Donald Trump. But like so much of his one-term presidency, Trump isn’t following convention. Before, and now after the election, he has claimed voter fraud, with no evidence. He claimed he won on election night, even though he didn’t. He and his campaign refuse to concede the presidency. Does that refusal mean anything? Geoffrey Skelley, elections analyst for FiveThirtyEight, breaks down how Trump can dispute the results, why it could turn into an ugly fight at the Supreme Court level and what the legal checks and balances are to ensure the election winner serves as president. This episode: Listen to this episode and … [Read more...] about Hindsight 2020 Rebroadcast: What if Trump won’t leave?
SINGAPORE: With the growing emphasis on intellectual property (IP), the Law Ministry has announced plans to develop Singapore into Asia's IP Hub and a committee will be tasked to look into this. Speaking in Parliament during the Committee of Supply Debate, Law Minister K Shanmugam explained that IP has become an important part of the global economy. This, as the value of intangible assets for S&P 500 companies, of which IP is a major component, is about 80 per cent. 30 years ago, it was just 17 per cent. Mr Shanmugam added that over the last decade, patent and trademark filings have increased by over 40 per cent worldwide. This meant that worldwide royalty and licensing revenue has more than doubled to over US$200 billion. With well-developed legal and financial systems and a workforce comfortable with science and technology, Singapore is poised to ride on this trend. Still, the country has a small domestic market, but Singapore can get around this by becoming Asia's IP … [Read more...] about MinLaw to develop IP Hub Masterplan