Photos by Edwin Koo unless otherwise stated.

On polling day, Mothership.sg’s stable of professional photographers followed 10 personalities around the island as they stepped out to cast their votes in the 2015 General Election. Here’s what they have to say about why they are voting.

It is usually very hectic for former Foreign Minister George Yeo on polling day for the past six General Elections since 1988.

But it is different for Yeo, who is not a candidate this year.

Like the rest of the 2.46 million Singaporeans, Yeo will head to one of 832 polling centres to cast his votes with his family. In fact, Yeo and his family will be voting at one of the most hotly contested GRCs this GE – East Coast GRC.

Why vote? It is the right and the duty of a citizen to vote. Right, because as citizens you have the right to be involved in the common affairs of the country, and therefore decide who represents us in Parliament. Duty because if we don't express our views and let others express their views without taking into account ours, then we are not being involved or engaged. Of course, for Singaporeans, voting is compulsory, but quite apart from the legal requirement, citizens have a duty also to take part in the common affairs. Otherwise we are leaving it to others and that defeats the whole purpose and basis of democracy. Are you a first-time voter? No. How many times have you voted? About 8 times. Did you go out of the way to vote? I had to cut short a day from my India trip to come back to vote. I’m flying off again this afternoon to Bangkok for work.
Yeo on his iPhone,.
Yeo waiting for his daughter Edwina and his son Frederick before heading to the polling station.

Here are some of the questions we asked Yeo:

Why vote?

It is the right and the duty of a citizen to vote.

Right, because as citizens you have the right to be involved in the common affairs of the country, and therefore decide who represents us in Parliament.

Duty because if we don’t express our views and let others express their views without taking into account ours, then we are not being involved or engaged.

Of course, for Singaporeans, voting is compulsory, but quite apart from the legal requirement, citizens have a duty also to take part in the common affairs. Otherwise we are leaving it to others and that defeats the whole purpose and basis of democracy.

2. Are you a first-time voter? No.

3. How many times have you voted? About 8 times.

4. Did you go out of the way to vote?

I had to cut short a day from my India trip to come back to vote. I’m flying off again this afternoon to Bangkok for work.

Photo by Edwin Koo for Mothership.sg
Yeo with his polling card.
Photo by Edwin Koo for Mothership.sg
Yeo with his mother-in-law Mary, wife Jennifer, son Frederick and daughter Edwina.
Photo by Edwin Koo for Mothership.sg
Yeo standing behind Minister of State and East Coast GRC candidate Mohamad Maliki bin Osman
Photo by Edwin Koo for Mothership.sg
No, Yeo is not the candidate this time.
Why vote? It is the right and the duty of a citizen to vote. Right, because as citizens you have the right to be involved in the common affairs of the country, and therefore decide who represents us in Parliament. Duty because if we don't express our views and let others express their views without taking into account ours, then we are not being involved or engaged. Of course, for Singaporeans, voting is compulsory, but quite apart from the legal requirement, citizens have a duty also to take part in the common affairs. Otherwise we are leaving it to others and that defeats the whole purpose and basis of democracy. Are you a first-time voter? No. How many times have you voted? About 8 times. Did you go out of the way to vote? I had to cut short a day from my India trip to come back to vote. I’m flying off again this afternoon to Bangkok for work.
Yeo will be following the poll results closely from Bangkok tonight.

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