ANNUAL ELECTION OF COUNCIL 2021 FOR TWO OUT OF THREE CATEGORIES


12 October 2020  

Our Ref: LS/1/CouElect/20-01/DLT
 

To: Practitioner Members of the Law Society of Singapore
 
ANNUAL ELECTION OF COUNCIL 2021 FOR TWO OUT OF THREE CATEGORIES
 
There will be an election of Council for two (2) out of three (3) categories.
 
A  NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION
 
The following candidates have been nominated for election to the 2021 Council of the Law Society of Singapore.
 
 (1) 
SENIOR CATEGORY (not less than fifteen years’ standing)
 
CandidatesNominated By
Sam Hui Min Lisa (Lisa Cen Hui Min)Liew Yik Wee
Tan Siah Yong
 
Gregory Vijayendran Ganesamoorthy, SC Ang Peng Koon Patrick
Low Peter Cuthbert
 
Chia Soo MichaelWong Meng Meng, SC
Kuah Boon Theng, SC
 
Manimaran s/o ArumugamParasuram Kothadhabani
Gopal Perumal
 
Ong Boon Hwee WilliamWong Soon Peng Adrian
Goh Kok Yeow
 
Rajvant Kaur d/o Jagit SinghOng Lip Cheng Peter
Sunil Singh Panoo
 
 As there are six (6) candidates for four (4) places in the Senior Category, THERE WILL BE AN ELECTION IN THIS CATEGORY.

 
 (2)
MIDDLE CATEGORY (less than fifteen years’ but not less than five years’ standing)
 
CandidatesNominated By
Daniel Tay Yi Ming  Woo Shu Yan
Chu Hua Yi
 
Lim Hui Li DebbyTan May Lian, Felicia
Tay Kang-Rui Darius
 
Simran Kaur ToorDenyse Yeo Su-En (Denyse Yang Shu’En)
Iman Marini Binte Salem Ibrahim
 
Goh Keng HawJoshua Tan Yi Shen
Vellayappan Balasubramaniyam
 
 As there are four (4) candidates for one (1) place in the Middle Category, THERE WILL BE AN ELECTION IN THIS CATEGORY.

 
 (3)
JUNIOR CATEGORY (less than five years’ standing)
 
CandidatesNominated By
Marshall Lim Yu HuiCory Wong Guo Yean
Yeo Hsien Yang, Shane Anthony (Yang Xianyang)
 
Abhinav Ratan Mohan  Jayaraman Sanjana
Lee Shu Qing
 
 As there are two (2) candidates for two (2) places in the Junior Category, THERE WILL BE NO ELECTION IN THIS CATEGORY.

Marshall Lim Yu Hui and Abhinav Ratan Mohan are deemed elected to the Council pursuant to section 53(1) Legal Profession Act.

 
BELECTION IN TWO CATEGORIES:
 
 (1)ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE
 
Senior Category

Every advocate and solicitor who has in force a practising certificate on 12 October 2020 and who on that date is of not less than 15 years’ standing (Senior Category) shall be required to vote at the election for up to four (4) candidates of like standing.

Please refer to the list of eligible voters for Senior Category here.
 
Middle Category
 
Every advocate and solicitor who has in force a practising certificate on 12 October 2020 and who on that date is of less than 15 years’ but not less than 5 years’ standing (Middle Category) shall be required to vote at the election for up to one (1) candidate of like standing.

Please refer to the list of eligible voters for Middle Category here.
 
 (2)ELECTION TO BE CONDUCTED BY WAY OF INTERNET VOTING (‘I-VOTING’)
 
The Annual Election of Council will be conducted by way of i-voting. The Election will be held on FRIDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2020 between the hours of 7.00am and 7.00pm (Singapore time, both times inclusive) (‘Election Hours’). The Election Hours will be strictly observed.

The Law Society will soon send an e-mail to all eligible voters to inform them to pre-register for i-voting at the Society’s website.

 
 (3)
VOTING IS COMPULSORY
 
Voting is compulsory and must be done via i-voting. Reference is made to section 50(2) of the Legal Profession Act:
 
50(2)
Every advocate and solicitor who is required to vote for the election of the members of the Council in accordance with subsection (1) and who fails to do so shall not be entitled to apply for a practising certificate unless he – 
(a)satisfies the Registrar that he was not in Singapore at the time of the election or had a good and sufficient reason for not voting at the last election to the Council; or
(b)pays a penalty of $500 which shall be credited to the Compensation Fund established under section 75.” 
 
 (4)IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO CAST YOUR BALLOT
 
A member who is required to vote but is unable to vote at an election, because he is not in Singapore at the time of the election or has a good and sufficient reason for not doing so, may write to the Registrar, Supreme Court (and not the Law Society of Singapore) AFTER the date of the Election, 30 October 2020

Implication of I-Voting on Members Overseas 


The introduction of the i-voting process does not preclude a member, who is overseas on election day and who fails to vote, from writing to the Registrar (after the date of the election) pursuant to section 50(2)(a) of the Legal Profession Act to request a waiver of the voting requirement.
 
 (5)RETURNING OFFICER AND SCRUTINEERS
 
Delphine Loo Tan, Chief Executive Officer, is the Presiding and Returning Officer for the Election. The Scrutineers for the Election are as follows:
 
(1)  Ms Moi Sok Ling
(2)  Mr Koh Li Qun, Kelvin (Xu Liqun)
(3)  Ms Kan Shimin, Lynn
 
The counting of ballots will be conducted electronically and shall take place immediately after the close of the Election Hours and the results declared at the completion of the counting. Members will be informed via e-mail of the results of the Election as soon as practically possible after the counting of the ballots.
 
 (6)MESSAGES OF CANDIDATES
 
The Society will post the messages (if any) of the candidates on the Law Society’s website at www.lawsociety.org.sg after 12 October 2020.


Yours faithfully

Delphine Loo Tan
Chief Executive Officer
for and on behalf of
The Council of The Law Society of Singapore
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