Important Note: The following comic was written and drawn months ago before the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis. Elections cannot function properly without citizen volunteers, and in publishing this comic, we wanted to urge citizens to volunteer to help ensure a fair and honest election. But we cannot in good conscience ask citizens to serve as Polling Agents or Counting Agents if the next Singapore General Election is, as expected, held during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. We cannot ask over 10,000 people to risk their lives by standing in polling stations while millions of voters, some of whom will inevitably be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus, walk through the polling centres.
The fact is that it is impossible to hold an election without a group of people in each polling station clustered together to ensure the elections are well run. This includes presiding officers, clerks, interpreters, and other election officials (who are often teachers and civil servants); security; and of course citizen volunteers. Tens of thousands of Singaporeans – our friends and our families – are going to be placed at risk because of this election. We urge the Prime Minister of Singapore to unequivocally rule out holding elections during this crisis and not put lives at risk. – New Naratif
Shirin is a freelance illustrator based in Singapore reading comic books at home with her cat. On other days, she spends her time creating vibrant artworks of various interests from her travels and entertainment media. You can find her on Instagram @drawmonsterdraw