Singaporeans For Democracy has submitted its report on electoral reform to the UN Universal Periodic Review today.
In its submission SFD stated that the root cause of human rights abuses in Singapore lie in the electoral system design that has returned the ruling People’s Action Party to power for nearly half a century. Hence, electoral reform is fundamental to ensure effective promotion and protection of human rights in Singapore.
The report made three main recommendations. They are:
1. Establish an independent election commission
2. Abolish the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC)
3. Bring Singapore’s electoral system in line with international best practices
These recommendations are elaborated in the SFD report available online here.
The report in currently being circulated to relevant international NGOs overseas and selected embassies in Singapore.
SFD would like the PAP government to be held internationally accountable during the UN’s upcoming UPR process for its human rights abuses that stem from a flawed and dated electoral system design.
Dr. James Gomez
Singaporeans For Democracy