Potential candidates have been able to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility since Jun 13 – the first step in order to enter the presidential race. Prospective candidates must also submit a community declaration.
To qualify, the prospective candidate must have held a senior public office or helmed a company that has at least S$500 million (US$370 million) in shareholders’ equity for at least three years.
The contender must also be a Singapore citizen, be at least 45 years old on Nomination Day and not belong to any political party.
FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
In 2011, Mr Tan Kin Lian competed against former deputy prime minister Dr Tony Tan, Progress Singapore Party founder Tan Cheng Bock and opposition politician Tan Jee Say. Dr Tan won the final vote in the 2011 polls, gaining 745,693 (35.2 per cent) of the votes.
Mr Tan won 104,085 (4.91 per cent) of the total 2,274,773 votes and lost his deposit of S$48,000 for failing to garner more than one-eighth of the total number of votes polled in the election.
Mr Tan became Chief Executive Officer of NTUC Income in 1977, holding the position for 30 years until he left in 2007.
After he left NTUC Income, Mr Tan started a business in computer software and has also travelled regularly to provide insurance consultancy in Indonesia.
Mr Tan was a member of the People’s Action Party from the 1970s to 2008 but said he was never a minister or a Member of Parliament.
He said he had served as branch secretary at Marine Parade from 1976 to 1979 and “also helped the Member of Parliament, Mr Goh Chok Tong, to organise the experimental Residents’ Committee”. In 1979, he became chairman of the Marine Parade Community Centre.
In his 2006 speech at the 30th anniversary of Marine Parade Constituency, Mr Goh said Mr Tan had a hand in building the branch and “played a very important part in Marine Parade”.