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THE NMP PROCESS

WHAT

Nominated MPs (NMP) are not elected MPs but they can participate in parliamentary debates and have limited voting rights.

The system was introduced in 1990 to bring alternative voices to the House.

Each term lasts two-and-a-half years.

WHEN

Applications closed yesterday.

All applicants, including current NMPs, who wish to continue for another term have to submit their names for consideration by the Special Select Committee of Parliament.

The Committee, chaired by the Speaker, will then nominate suitable candidates for the President to appoint.

WHO

There are currently nine NMPs. Their term ends in August.

Only two - Singapore Management University law don Eugene Tan and businessman R. Dhinakaran - are seeking a second term.