16. The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 39, the following section:
—(1) Subject to section 7, any overseas elector who intends to cast his vote at the poll for a contested election in an electoral division may vote at —
the overseas polling station allotted to him under section 13A(3) by the Registration Officer; or
the polling station in the electoral division allotted to him under section 36A(1),
but not at both in respect of the same election.
(2) The hours of any poll for any contested election at an overseas polling station shall be not less than 4 hours but not more than 12 hours and may be carried out in advance of the poll on polling day in Singapore, except that every such poll at an overseas polling station shall close not later than the close of the poll on polling day in Singapore.
(3) Except as otherwise provided in this section and any regulations made thereunder, any poll (including an advance poll) at an overseas polling station shall be conducted in the same manner as that in which voting at a polling station within Singapore on polling day is conducted, and shall be regarded as such for the purposes of this Act.
(4) The Minister may make regulations modifying the application of any provision of this Act to the conduct of polls in overseas polling stations, including in particular, the appointment of presiding officers for overseas polling stations, the procedures on closing of the poll and for the safe despatch of the sealed ballot boxes containing the votes cast to the Returning Officer in Singapore.”.