Bringing The GE To You | #GE2020

Bringing The GE To You | #GE2020

Singapore-General-Election-2020-MONEYFM89.3-Bringing The GE To You

2 July: Singapore GE2020: MOM refutes PSP figure of 100,000 unemployed local PMETs in TV debate

SINGAPORE - It is incorrect to say that Singapore has 100,000 local professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMET) who are out of a job, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Thursday (July 2), refuting a figure cited by the Progress Singapore Party during a televised live debate on Wednesday.

As of June last year, there were 39,000 local unemployed PMETs, said the ministry in a statement, less than half of the 100,000 figure quoted by Mr Francis Yuen of the PSP during the programme, Singapore Votes 2020 - The Political Debate, on Channel 5.

MOM said it got its 39,000 figure from the Report on Labour Force in Singapore 2019 released on Jan 30 this year. This year’s figures will be released in the report early next year as the survey is conducted annually, it said.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

2 July: Singapore GE2020: I did not say Singapore should plan to increase its population to 10 million, says Heng Swee Keat


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - He did not say that Singapore should plan to increase its population to 10 million people, nor did he mention the figure. In fact, the Singapore population is likely to be significantly below 6.9 million by 2030, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (July 2), Mr Heng clarified that he was asked at a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student union ministerial forum in 2019 about Singapore's Population White Paper.

"In my response, I mentioned that former chief planner Liu Thai Ker had publicly said that we should go for an even higher number," he said.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

2 July: Singapore GE2020: Voters on SHN at hotels can cast their ballot in room

Polling teams will go door-to-door on July 10 to deliver ballot papers to all voters on stay-home notice (SHN) at hotels, the Elections Department (ELD) said yesterday.

After opening the room door, the voter in the designated facility has to stand 1m away, lower his mask momentarily and show his identity card or passport to the polling team.

Once the voter's identity has been checked against the SHN voter register, the team will read out the voter's electoral division, polling district and voter serial number before handing over the ballot paper.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

2 July: Singapore GE2020: SDA and PV trade barbs over three-cornered fight in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

The two opposition parties facing the People's Action Party (PAP) in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC have turned their attention to each other instead of the ruling party - with a dispute brewing over who caused the rare three-cornered GRC fight.

The Peoples Voice party (PV) and Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) yesterday blamed each other for the first multi-cornered fight in a GRC since 1992, with accusations centring on an audio clip allegedly showing PV chief Lim Tean disparaging opposition unity.

Mr Lim said the SDA never contacted them to discuss overlapping claims despite SDA saying it had sent several messages to him.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

2 July: Singapore GE2020: NSP unveils manifesto, calls for halt in GST hike


Source: The Straits Times

It also proposes allowing temporary CPF withdrawals, cutting defence expenditure

The National Solidarity Party (NSP) has announced its party manifesto for the general election on July 10, which calls for the upcoming goods and services tax (GST) hike to be scrapped, and for retrenched workers or those in need to be allowed to make temporary withdrawals from their Central Provident Fund (CPF) Ordinary Account.

The manifesto, which was uploaded on the party's Facebook page on Nomination Day, said the Government should look beyond the GST for alternative sources of revenue, instead of raising the GST, which is slated to rise from 7 per cent to 9 per cent between 2022 and 2025.

It was originally set to go up from 7 per cent to 9 per cent between next year and 2025, but Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has made it clear that the rise will not take place next year.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

2 July: Singapore GE2020: WP has done the math on its proposals, says Jamus Lim in live TV debate


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) has been called "PAP-lite" because of how similar its positions are to the ruling party, but the opposition party's more left-wing stance raises the question of how it would pay for its programmes, said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in a live TV debate on Wednesday (July 1).

Key proposals in WP's manifesto for the General Election include scrapping the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike, introducing a national minimum wage as well as a redundancy insurance scheme, and lowering the cost of intermediate and long-term care for patients whose monthly household per capita income is below $3,200, among others.

The People's Action Party "could have written this manifesto", noted Dr Balakrishnan, 59, in the second half of the hour-long debate, a question and answer format that allowed the candidates to put questions to him and vice versa.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

1 July: GE 2020: Post Nomination Day

1 July 2020
GE 2020: Post Nomination Day
Eugene Tan, Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University gives an analysis on the surprises we saw on GE 2020's Nomination Day and what campaigning will be like for this special election due to Covid-19.

1 July: Singapore GE2020: Closer scrutiny in Parliament will help guide nation out of crisis, says WP in first Hammer Show

SINGAPORE - With the Covid-19 pandemic far from over, and much more uncertainty in the road ahead, the time for change is now, said the Workers' Party (WP) in its first online talk show on Wednesday (July 1).

"In these uncertain and worrying times brought about by the Covid-19 crisis worldwide, and given the uncertain leadership demonstrated by the PAP 4G leadership, it is not the right time to give them a strong mandate; far from it," said the opposition party's Mr Dennis Tan, a Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) and WP's candidate for the Hougang single-member constituency.

On the contrary, said Mr Tan, it was time for Singaporeans to vote in more WP MPs into Parliament, so policies can be scrutinised to ensure Singapore comes out of the crisis "in the right way".
Read the full article on The Straits Times

1 July: Singapore GE2020: Automatic recount if difference in votes between candidates is 2% or less

SINGAPORE - For this general election, an "automatic" recount will be carried out if the difference in votes between candidates contesting a constituency is 2 per cent or less.

Previously, candidates or counting agents had to apply for a recount.

The change was highlighted by the Elections Department (ELD) on Wednesday (July 1), when it announced the arrangements for the July 10 polls.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

1 July: Singapore GE2020: Investors have confidence in S'pore due to quality of government and strong support it has from people, says PM Lee

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) secured $13 billion in new investments in only the first four months of this year - and that money will generate several thousand jobs over the next few years.

It is an extraordinary thing because in an ordinary year, the EDB would attract about $10 billion for the whole year.

So, how was EDB able to do this during a pandemic and a recession?
Read the full article on The Straits Times

1 July: Singapore GE2020: Special voting hour for Singaporeans on SHN at home and unwell voters


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans serving stay-home notices (SHN) will be able to leave their homes to vote at their assigned polling stations on Polling Day, but can do so only during a one-hour slot.

In announcing the voting arrangements for the July 10 polls - which is happening amid the Covid-19 pandemic - the Elections Department (ELD) said that a special voting hour between 7pm and 8pm will be set aside for certain groups of voters. They include those on medical leave for acute respiratory infection, and those who are detected with a temperature of 37.5 deg C and higher at polling stations on Polling Day.

The arrangements would minimise these people's contact with others, while still allowing them to exercise their right to vote, the ELD said on Wednesday (July 1).
Read the full article on The Straits Times

1 July: Singapore GE2020: Masks, party secrets and surprises


Source: The Straits Times

No big crowds this time, but nomination centre in the east sees some campaign colour and a surprise unveiling

Masked candidates, party secrets and even surprises played out at the St Anthony's Canossian Primary School nomination centre, nestled in the leafy edge of the supersized Bedok housing estate.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat might be a familiar face, but few were expecting him here. His arrival set up an interesting contest for the East Coast GRC.

To keep up the surprise, he had arrived separately from his GRC comrades - Dr Maliki Osman, Ms Jessica Tan, Ms Cheryl Chan and new face Tan Kiat How.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

1 July: Singapore GE2020: Former trade minister Lim Hng Kiang retires from politics


Source: The Straits Times

Incumbent MP for West Coast GRC saw nation through global financial crisis and Sars

After nearly three decades in politics, former minister of trade and industry Lim Hng Kiang took to social media yesterday to formally confirm his retirement.

In a Facebook video address to his residents, the long-time MP for West Coast GRC told the residents of his Telok Blangah ward that his desire is for a seamless transition that will "steward Telok Blangah to even greater heights".

"We have done so much together," said 66-year-old Mr Lim, adding that he had especially enjoyed watching the growth and progress of their children and grandchildren.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

1 July: Singapore GE2020: Tribute to four departing MPs from Malay/Muslim community


Clockwise from top left: Former minister Yaacob Ibrahim; Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar; Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef; and Mr Zainal Sapari are not standing in the upcoming election. Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said they had each made invaluable contributions to the community.

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli paid tribute to four departing Malay/ Muslim Members of Parliament yesterday, saying they had each made invaluable contributions to the community.

Former minister for communications and information Yaacob Ibrahim, 64; Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar, 43; Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef, 54; and Mr Zainal Sapari, 54, are not standing in the upcoming general election.

In a Facebook post, Mr Masagos lauded the "strong leadership, guidance and support" of the Malay/Muslim MPs, which contributed to the effective implementation of policies and community projects.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

#GE2020: 4-Member GRCs

Singapore-General-Elections-2020-(0107_4GRCCandidates_WEB) - MONEYFM89.3

Source: Elections Department Singapore

#GE2020: Candidates Contesting for SMC


Source: Elections Department Singapore

30 June: Singapore GE2020: This is a crisis election that will shape Singapore's future, says PM Lee


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - This is a crisis election, and the path Singapore takes from here will depend on the government the people choose and the mandate it is given, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (June 30).

While some expect a flight to safety and familiarity in times of crisis, PM Lee said he did not agree with this view. The People's Action Party (PAP), he said, does not take for granted that voters will naturally keep voting for the ruling party.

Like Singapore's first general election in 1959, or the polls in 2001 that took place after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, this year's is an "election during a crisis (and) these are elections that focus everyone's minds, and they can also change the course of history", he added.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

30 June: Singapore GE2020: Find out where your polling station is and when you should vote


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Voters can now check online where their polling station is or when their recommended two-hour voting time slot is.

Polling stations will be open from 8am to 8pm on July 10.

Unlike past elections, this time, each voter is allocated a two-hour window in which he is encouraged to head to his polling station. This will be indicated on the poll card and is meant to spread out voters across the polling hours, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

30 June: Singapore GE2020: Lee Hsien Yang not standing as candidate


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Despite actively campaigning in Tanjong Pagar GRC over the past week and refusing the rule out the possibility of contesting the election, Mr Lee Hsien Yang will not be on the ballot for the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) on July 10.

Mr Lee, 62, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, turned up this morning at a coffeeshop near the nomination centre for Tanjong Pagar GRC wearing a PSP polo shirt, but he did not walk into the centre.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

30 June: Singapore GE2020: All 93 seats to be contested at July 10 election; 192 candidates from 11 parties file papers on Nomination Day

SINGAPORE - For the second general election in a row, there will be contests in all seats, of which there are 93 this time.

Nomination Day on Tuesday (June 30) saw a total of 192 candidates file papers to contest every seat in 17 group representation constituencies (GRCs) and 14 single-member constituencies (SMCs). With no walkovers, it means all 2.65 million eligible voters will soon receive polling cards to let them vote on July 10.

The ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is the only party with candidates contesting every seat.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

30 June: Nomination Day Live | MONEY FM 89.3 & The Straits Times

30 June: Singapore GE2020: Five things to look out for today

The ruling PAP is likely to be challenged in all 93 seats at the close of nomination proceedings today. Here are five things to look out for on Nomination Day:

1. WHO WILL HELM THE PEOPLE'S ACTION PARTY TEAM IN EAST COAST GRC?
For the People's Action Party's (PAP) East Coast team, this year's general election marks the end of an era.

Mr Lim Swee Say, the group representation constituency's anchor minister, is set to retire. But the identity of his successor is perhaps the party's best-kept secret so far.

2. WHO WILL BE IN THE WORKERS' PARTY LINE-UP FOR EAST COAST GRC AND PUNGGOL WEST SMC?
The Workers' Party's (WP) East Coast slate from the last general election will not be making a comeback this year. Associate Professor Daniel Goh has dropped out, citing health reasons. Mr Leon Perera and Mr Gerald Giam will move to contest as part of the WP's Aljunied GRC team instead.

It remains unclear who the WP has decided to field in East Coast, which saw the closest contest in 2011 when the PAP won with 54.8 per cent of the vote. In 2015, the PAP secured 60.7 per cent of the vote against the WP.

3. HOW MANY MULTI-CORNERED FIGHTS WILL THERE BE?
Opposition parties will be heading to the polls without having had their usual pow-wow to avoid three-cornered fights. Instead, parties held discussions with one another directly or in small groups - a process that has so far produced mixed results.

Multi-cornered fights are expected to take place in at least three constituencies - Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and the single seats of Pioneer and Punggol West. But more could emerge if independent candidates decide to toss their hats into the ring as well.

4. WILL LEE HSIEN YANG STAND FOR ELECTION?
Mr Lee, the 62-year-old estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, is currently a member of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) led by Dr Tan Cheng Bock.

He has also been accompanying the party's members on their walkabouts. But Mr Lee Hsien Yang was not among the 24 candidates introduced by the PSP last week.

5. HOW WILL THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AFFECT NOMINATION DAY PROCEEDINGS?
With entry into nomination centres restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's Nomination Day is likely to be a much more subdued affair.

Only candidates, their proposers, seconders, assenters and accredited media can enter nomination centres. Party supporters will not be allowed to linger nearby, putting an end to the large crowds typically seen on Nomination Day.

Read the full article on The Straits Times

30 June: Singapore GE2020: Eleven parties likely to contest all 93 seats

Nomination Day could see surprises, with some constituency line-ups still under wraps

Parliamentary hopefuls from 11 political parties will head to nine nomination centres today to register for the general election.

The upcoming polls have already thrown up some surprises, and political watchers said more drama might unfold during the nomination process this morning.

While the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is likely to face a contest in all 93 seats, and perhaps even see three-cornered fights in a number of single-member constituencies, uncertainty remains as many parties - including the PAP itself - are keeping their cards close to the chest.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

30 June: Singapore GE2020: Lee Bee Wah, Chia Shi-Lu and Sam Tan among MPs making way for 27 new faces

Incumbent Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah has lit up many a parliamentary sitting with her colourful speeches and relentless advocacy for residents, earning the affectionate nickname of "Hua Jie" or "Sister Flower" among her constituents.

Such speeches will be missed when Parliament sits again. Yesterday, the three-term MP announced her retirement from politics, saying it is part of the renewal process of the People's Action Party (PAP).

New face Carrie Tan, 38, founder of charity Daughters Of Tomorrow, will be taking over from Ms Lee, 59, in her Nee Soon South ward. "I am glad that a much younger candidate has been fielded," Ms Lee wrote on Facebook.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: Vote to end the PAP's supermajority, says Lee Hsien Yang

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans must vote to end the ruling People's Action Party's supermajority in Parliament, Progress Singapore Party member Lee Hsien Yang urged voters in a video message posted on Facebook on Monday (June 29).

Mr Lee, whose brother Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is secretary-general of the PAP, criticised the Government on a range of issues as he called for more diversity in Parliament.

"Make your vote in this Covid-19 election count. Choose a Singapore where the daily struggle and sacrifice pay off for all, not just for the natural aristocracy," he said, appearing to reference the Workers' Party election campaign slogan Make Your Vote Count.

"Vote to end the supermajority. Singapore wants different."
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: Key proposals from the Progress Singapore Party manifesto

SINGAPORE - The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) on Monday (June 29) launched its manifesto for the coming general election, with "You Deserve Better" as its campaign slogan.

With proposals focused on a more compassionate approach to policymaking, the 13-page manifesto outlines the party's vision for Singapore in three broad areas: economy, social and politics.

Here are key points from the manifesto presented by PSP vice-chairman Hazel Poa:

1. JOBS FOR SINGAPOREANS
2. LIVING WAGE
3. CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND (CPF)
4. TAXES AND FEES
5. HOUSING
6. FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION
7. PUBLIC SERVICE

Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: Ministers caution voters not to assume PAP will be returned to power effortlessly

SINGAPORE - With every constituency set to be contested, it would be a mistake for Singaporeans to think the People's Action Party would be returned to power effortlessly come Polling Day on July 10, two ministers from the ruling party said on Monday (June 29).

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing told reporters that dealing with Covid-19 in the past six months has taught him not to take Singapore's progress for granted, and in the same vein, the ruling party must work hard to earn "each and every vote".

Speaking during a Zoom video conference, he said: "It would be a mistake for all of us to think that going into an election, the PAP will be returned to govern effortlessly."
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: PAP Malay candidates are role models, says PM Lee


Source: People's Action Party

SINGAPORE - The Malay candidates the PAP has introduced are role models that the party is happy to field for the upcoming election, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who also lauded past Malay MPs for speaking up about national issues.

PM Lee, who is secretary-general of the People's Action Party, said in a virtual press conference on Monday (June 29) that the PAP's new Malay candidates represent a generation of community members who want to contribute more.

"It is a very diverse range. It represents a new generation of young Malay successful people who have made good in life, and who want to give back," said PM Lee, who was introducing the PAP's Ang Mo Kio GRC team.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: No easy fight for East Coast GRC

In the last 14 years, the Workers' Party (WP) has tried three times to win over East Coast residents to its cause. But despite getting closer in 2011, when the national mood swung against the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), voters remained ultimately unconvinced.

This year, the WP is mounting a fresh challenge. But much has changed in both camps since the last time Singaporeans went to the polls.

For the PAP team, this year's general election marks the end of an era. Mr Lim Swee Say, the constituency's anchor minister, is likely to retire. But the identity of his successor is perhaps the party's best-kept secret so far.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: Workers' Party wipeout argument a 'tactic', expect hard fight, says PM Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has described the Workers' Party (WP) suggestion that the People's Action Party could win all 93 seats in the next Parliament as an unrealistic outcome and a "tactic".

In fact, there will be a "hard fight" because people are hurting from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, he told reporters on Monday (June 29) at the unveiling of candidates for Ang Mo Kio GRC, which he helms.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: Lee Bee Wah retiring from politics

SINGAPORE – Three-term Nee Soon South MP Lee Bee Wah announced her retirement from politics on Monday (June 29), saying it is part of the renewal process of the People’s Action Party (PAP).

She will be ceding her place in Nee Soon GRC to new face Carrie Tan, 38, the founder of charity Daughters Of Tomorrow.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: Election not about family disputes, PM Lee on brother Lee Hsien Yang joining PSP


Source: People's Action Party Facebook

SINGAPORE - The upcoming general election is not about family disputes, but about Singapore being at a very grave moment in its history, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (June 29).

Responding to a reporter's question on his brother, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, joining the opposition Progress Singapore Party (PSP), PM Lee said it is "within Mr Lee Hsien Yang's rights as a citizen" to join any political party.

But he stressed that "this GE is not about me or any family disputes which may involve my brother and me. It's about Singapore's future at a very grave moment in our history".
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: PAP names Xie Yao Quan to replace Ivan Lim in its Jurong GRC team


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - The PAP has introduced a new candidate, Mr Xie Yao Quan, 35, as part of its slate for Jurong GRC for the general election.

Mr Xie, the head of healthcare redesign at Alexandra Hospital, replaces Mr Ivan Lim, 42, who withdrew his candidacy in the face of online allegations that he said had eclipsed the core issues of this election.

Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who introduced Mr Xie to reporters on Monday (June 29), noted that at every election, the People's Action Party has more candidates than are necessary for the seats it is going to contest.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

29 June: Singapore GE2020: Former SingFirst chief Tan Jee Say asks to rejoin SDP after dissolving his party


Source: Lianhe Wanbao

SINGAPORE - Former Singaporeans First (SingFirst) chief Tan Jee Say has asked to rejoin the Singapore Democratic Party, after his party was dissolved last week.

Posting on Facebook on Monday morning, he wrote: "Singapore needs a strong opposition to check the Government and provide an alternative voice for the people.

"In this light, I initiated contact with Dr Chee and told him that I would like to rejoin SDP because firstly, the values of SDP reflect the values and beliefs I champion for Singaporeans."
Read the full article on The Straits Times

28 June: Singapore GE2020: From Marymount to Potong Pasir, 6 SMCs to watch

Here are six single-member constituencies (SMCs) to watch - new seats Kebun Baru, Marymount, Punggol West and Yio Chu Kang, as well as Bukit Batok and Potong Pasir

MARYMOUNT
The newly carved-out seat of Marymount is likely to see a straight fight between the People's Action Party (PAP) and the Progress Singapore Party (PSP).

A three-cornered fight had been brewing, until the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced yesterday it will not be contesting the general election.

KEBUN BARU
Another newly carved out seat, Kebun Baru, will also see the PAP and the PSP go head to head.

Kebun Baru SMC was folded into Ang Mo Kio GRC in 1991. In 2015, it was redrawn into Nee Soon GRC. This time round, it is back out on its own after nearly three decades. The constituency has 22,653 voters. Two in five residents are Pioneer and Merdeka Generation seniors, and the seat has traditionally been a PAP stronghold.

PUNGGOL WEST
Here, the prospect of a three-cornered fight still looms, between the PAP, the Workers' Party (WP) and the Peoples Voice party (PV).

The seat, formerly part of the sprawling Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, has been helmed by Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sun Xueling.

The area is home to many young families and has 26,579 voters.

YIO CHU KANG
This may also be the scene of a three-cornered fight. The PAP, the PSP and the Reform Party (RP) could face off in this new single-seat constituency, previously part of Ang Mo Kio GRC.

BUKIT BATOK
The contest over this seat will, just as in 2015, involve the PAP and the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).

In 2015, PAP's David Ong won 73.02 per cent of the vote in a three-way fight with SDP's Sadasivam Veriyah and independent candidate Samir Salim Neji.

This time round, it will be SDP chief Chee Soon Juan up against current PAP MP Murali Pillai, vying for the support of 29,950 voters.

POTONG PASIR
Its electoral boundaries were changed for the first time in more than three decades in the latest review.

Current two-term PAP MP Sitoh Yih Pin is set to go head to head with Mr Jose Raymond, chairman of the Singapore People's Party (SPP), fighting for the votes of 19,740 residents.

Potong Pasir was the stronghold of opposition stalwart Chiam See Tong for 27 years until 2011, when he left to contest elsewhere.

Read the full article on The Straits Times

28 June: Singapore GE2020: Singapore People's Party launches manifesto

SINGAPORE - The Singapore People's Party (SPP) launched its manifesto on Sunday (June 28), outlining its key positions on a spectrum of issues, ranging from the cost of living to climate change.

The party said its policies and positions are designed for the long term, and not just to tackle the short-term issues posed or exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 24-page manifesto was launched at a virtual press conference conducted via teleconferencing platform Zoom.

SPP secretary-general Steve Chia said the party wants to "show people that SPP is a credible party with credible ideas and credible proposals", through a more comprehensive manifesto.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

28 June: Singapore GE2020: Red Dot United plans to push for changes in housing, healthcare and employment if elected


(From left) Red Dot United members Liyana Dhamirah, Alec Tok Kim Yam, Michelle Lee, Ravi Philemon and Nicholas Tang at a coffee shop at Block 503 Jurong West Street 52, on June 28, 2020.
Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singapore's newest political party Red Dot United (RDU) plans to push for policy changes in areas like housing, healthcare and employment if its members are elected.

In a 12-page charter released on Sunday (June 28), RDU said policy changes in these areas are needed to improve the lives of Singaporeans, and to reduce the anxiety and stress that they face every day.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

28 June: Singapore GE2020: 10 proposals from the Workers' Party manifesto

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) on Sunday (June 28) launched its manifesto for the general election, with proposals such as scrapping the planned goods and services tax (GST) hike, implementing a national minimum wage and giving free public transport to elderly Singaporeans.

Here are 10 key proposals from the WP manifesto:

1. SCRAP THE GST HIKE
The WP opposes the Government's plan to increase the GST from the current 7 per cent to 9 per cent by 2025.

2. LOWER CPF PAYOUT AGE TO 60 AND INTRODUCE A SPECIAL DIVIDEND FROM GIC INVESTMENTS
The WP says the Central Provident Fund (CPF) payout eligibility age and CPF Life eligibility age, which is currently 65, should be lowered to 60.

3. INTRODUCE A NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE
The WP says there are more than 100,000 Singaporeans who earn a take-home pay of less than $1,300 a month while engaged in full-time work.

This figure is the amount an average four-person household in Singapore needs to spend on basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter each month.

4. INTRODUCE A REDUNDANCY INSURANCE SCHEME
Technological disruption and global events will lead to higher rates of workers, especially those who are middle-aged and older, becoming redundant. This heightens the insecurity they face.

The WP proposes a redundancy insurance scheme for workers, under which they will pay $4 a month, matched by employers, into an Employment Security Fund.

Retrenched workers will then receive a payout equivalent to 40 per cent of their last drawn salary for up to six months.

5. WIDEN THE USE OF MEDISAVE FOR THOSE OVER 60
Patients older than 60 should be allowed to use their Medisave for all medical expenses not already covered by Medishield Life, Medifund or other assistance schemes, the WP says.

6. LOWER THE COST OF INTERMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM CARE (ILTC)
Patients with a monthly household per capita income of below $3,200 should receive subsidies of 65 to 80 per cent for approved ILTC services such as community hospitals, nursing homes, day care services and home-based care.

7. IMPROVE ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY PLACES FOR SINGAPOREANS
Universities should implement targeted programmes and mentorships to widen access to students from all backgrounds, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds and students with no family history of attending university.

8. MAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FREE FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Train and bus fares should be waived for Singaporeans over 65 and those with disabilities.

9. UNIVERSAL HDB LEASE BUY-BACK AND LOWER MINIMUM AGE FOR SINGLES TO GET BTO FLATS
A universal buy-back scheme should be offered to all Housing Board flat lessees.

10. ENSURE THE INDEPENDENCE OF NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND ABOLISH GRCS
Close relatives and current or former party colleagues of political office-holders should not be appointed to key positions in national institutions such as organs of state, national media companies and sovereign wealth funds.

The WP says national institutions should not only be independent but they must also be seen to be independent.

Read the full article on The Straits Times

28 June: Singapore GE2020: Retiree concerned about climate issues plans to run as an independent in Pioneer SMC


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - A 65-year-old retired financial accountant who is passionate about environmental issues intends to run as an independent candidate in Pioneer SMC, raising the prospect of a four-cornered fight there.

Mr Victor Ronnie Lai told The Straits Times he has obtained a political donation certificate, and will put his name in the ballot on Nomination Day on Tuesday (June 30).

Mr Lai said he decided to run in Pioneer SMC because the name of the constituency represents hope and new beginnings.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

28 June: Singapore GE2020: PM Lee thanks Charles Chong, who twice snatched victory from WP


Source: Charles Chong Facebook

He is the man the PAP sends in when it has a tough fight on its hands, in a single seat and near to the polls.

Mr Charles Chong, 67, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and the ruling party's longest-serving backbencher, is retiring after 32 years.

He won by the "narrowest of margins" in the last two elections not because he was a weak MP, but because he could be relied on to "fight hard and fight smart" in a tough contest, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday in tribute.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

28 June: Singapore GE2020: SDA chairman to step down after election

Desmond Lim says next generation is ready; party's chief media officer expected to take over

Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) chairman Desmond Lim Bak Chuan, 53, will be stepping down from his position after the general election.

Mr Lim told The Sunday Times that this will be the last election campaign that he leads, adding that he believes the party's younger generation is ready to take over.

"After this election, I will hand over to my successor," he said during a walkabout in Pasir Ris-Punggol yesterday, where the party also introduced its candidates.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

27 June: Singapore GE 2020: PAP new face Ivan Lim withdraws from election following allegations about his past behaviour


Source: People's Action Party

SINGAPORE - People's Action Party (PAP) new face Ivan Lim will not be a candidate in the general election, after allegations about his past conduct and behaviour emerged online.

The PAP announced on Saturday (June 27) that Mr Lim had written to its secretary-general, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, earlier in the day to withdraw his candidacy.

Mr Lee has accepted his withdrawal.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

27 June: Singapore GE2020: PAP manifesto Our Lives, Our Jobs, Our Future summed up in 10 parts

SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP) has unveiled its manifesto for the general election, entitled Our Jobs, Our Lives, Our Future. Below is a summary of key points in the 10 areas it covers:

1. FACING THE CRISIS OF A LIFETIME TOGETHER
2. STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY TOGETHER
3. CREATING JOBS AND ACQUIRING SKILLS TOGETHER
4. TRANSFORMING AND GROWING THE ECONOMY TOGETHER
5. PROVIDING CARE AND SUPPORT TOGETHER
6. BUILDING A STRONG AND RESILIENT SOCIETY TOGETHER
7. LIVING SUSTAINABLY TOGETHER
8. BUILDING OUR CITY TOGETHER
9. CREATING A NEW FUTURE TOGETHER
10. OVERCOMING CRISIS TOGETHER

Read the full article on The Straits Times

27 June: Singapore GE2020: Balance in Parliament still important as Singapore fights Covid-19, says WP chief Pritam Singh


Source: Workers' Party

SINGAPORE - The balance in Parliament remains important even as Singapore fights Covid-19 together, said Workers' Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh on Saturday (June 27), as he urged Singaporeans to vote to ensure there is a credible opposition in the House.

Speaking at the party's candidate introduction press conference, Mr Singh noted that the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) will have a strong mandate even if the WP wins all the 21 seats it is contesting.

"The PAP are going to contest in 93 seats, the Workers Party is contesting in 21 seats, and that leaves us potentially 72 seats in PAP's hands. I'm not sure whether that equates to a weak mandate. I think that's still a strong mandate for the PAP," he said.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

27 June: Singapore GE2020: PM Lee Hsien Loong unveils PAP's manifesto, focus is on working together to overcome Covid-19 crisis


Source: People's Action Party

SINGAPORE - The general election is not a normal one, with Singapore in the middle of the most severe crisis the world has faced for decades, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday (June 27).

Setting out what is at stake as he launched the People's Action Party's campaign manifesto, PM Lee stressed that the immediate business of running Singapore is anything but routine.

"Without a herculean effort by us, we cannot be certain that what we have painstakingly built over decades will continue to stand, and not collapse in the storm," he said.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

27 June: Singapore GE2020: All 93 seats likely to be contested on Tuesday

Members of 11 opposition parties are gearing up to field candidates for every seat ahead of Nomination Day on Tuesday, and some seats could see three-cornered fights.

The Workers' Party (WP) yesterday introduced its second batch of five candidates, and will field a total of 21 candidates at the July 10 polls.

Party chief Pritam Singh said at the session that its goal of winning one-third of seats in Parliament remains unchanged, even if it is not contesting enough seats to achieve the target at this election.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

27 June: Singapore GE2020: Continuity in policies key to Singapore's success, says Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE - As he unveiled the final batch of the ruling People Action Party's (PAP) new faces contesting in the upcoming general election, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing pinpointed a key ingredient in Singapore's success.

Each new batch of leaders works with its predecessors so that the PAP Government can plan long term and ensure continuity in its policies, said Mr Chan, who is also the party's second assistant secretary-general.

"There is a certain consistency and a certain coherence, and it is not done by just any single batch of people or any individual. That's how we perform as a team for the good of Singapore," he said.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

26 June: Key issues to be tackled in the upcoming General Election

Singaporeans will go to the polls on July 10, in a general election that will see the contest for hearts and minds waged on a drastically different battleground due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help us make sense of the latest news out this week is Dr Gillian Koh, Deputy Director at the Institute of Policy Studies.

Download the podcast

26 June: Singapore GE2020: Reform Party and PSP in dispute over 'deal' on Yio Chu Kang

SINGAPORE - The Reform Party (RP) is accusing the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) of reneging on an agreement to resolve their overlapping claims - with the two now headed for a three-cornered fight with the People's Action Party (PAP) in Yio Chu Kang SMC.

At the heart of the dispute is whether PSP had agreed to give up contesting Yio Chu Kang SMC in return for RP making way in West Coast GRC.

Dr Tan Cheng Bock's PSP says that no such agreement was reached.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

26 June: Singapore GE2020: Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan will not contest election, to retire from politics


Source: Khaw Boon Wan Facebook

SINGAPORE - Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, 67, will retire from politics and not contest the upcoming general election, ending a near two-decade-long political career.

Mr Khaw, who is also Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure, entered politics in 2001, and is well-known for having tackled thorny issues across various ministries.

In a valedictory letter to the veteran politician, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that as Senior Minister of State for Health during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003, Mr Khaw was on the front line, checking on arrangements and encouraging hospital staff.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

26 June: Singapore GE2020: Masagos responds to criticism of Ivan Lim, says election candidates will have to prove themselves


Source: People's Action Party

SINGAPORE - People's Action Party vice-chairman Masagos Zulkifli on Friday (June 26) addressed online criticism of the party's new face Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan, saying it is important for candidates who face allegations to prove themselves.

He added that candidates should not be defined by a single moment in time or in their career, but judged instead by their growth throughout their life.

A number of negative online comments have surfaced since Mr Lim, 42, was introduced as a PAP candidate on Wednesday, from people who claimed to have known him during national service or in polytechnic.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

26 June: Singapore GE2020: We welcome others to come and stand, says Chan Chun Sing on prospect of Lee Hsien Yang contesting Tanjong Pagar


Source: People's Action Party

SINGAPORE - The PAP team in Tanjong Pagar GRC welcomes others to contest the seat as it will give residents a choice but it is not focused on "who is coming or going", Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Friday (June 26).

The ruling party's focus, said Mr Chan, is the same as it has been for many years - working closely with residents to continue solving their issues, taking care of them, and also collectively taking care of Singapore.

Mr Chan, who is the PAP second assistant secretary-general, said: "For Tanjong Pagar, we welcome other people to come and stand. It offers Tanjong Pagar residents a choice. We are not particularly focused on who is coming or going."
Read the full article on The Straits Times

26 June: Singapore GE2020: Peoples Voice to contest 2 GRCs, 3 single wards

The Peoples Voice (PV) will be fielding 12 candidates for the general election and contesting five constituencies, party chief Lim Tean said yesterday in a Facebook post, adding three constituencies to the two it announced earlier.

The constituencies are Jalan Besar GRC and Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC, and the single wards of Pioneer, Mountbatten and Punggol West.

On Wednesday, Mr Lim identified Pasir Ris-Punggol and Punggol West as the party's intended targets.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

26 June: Workers' Party to field 21 candidates in 4 GRCs, two single seats

The opposition Workers' Party (WP) will contest in four group representation constituencies and two single-member constituencies in the general election on July 10.

In addition to defending Aljunied GRC, which it first won in 2011, and its north-eastern bastion of Hougang SMC, the party said it will also contest in Marine Parade GRC, Sengkang GRC, East Coast GRC and Punggol West SMC.

WP chief Pritam Singh announced this at a virtual press conference yesterday, during which the party leaders also introduced four candidates.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

26 June: Singapore GE2020: Lawyer M. Ravi files court challenge to stop election from being held

SINGAPORE - The High Court next Monday (June 29) will hear a constitutional challenge against holding a general election at this time.

The case, which will be heard on the day before Nomination Day, was filed by human rights lawyer M. Ravi on Tuesday (June 23), on behalf of Daniel De Costa.

Mr Ravi said he did so hours after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday announced in a nationwide TV broadcast that he was calling a general election.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

25 June: Singapore GE2020: SingFirst leader Tan Jee Say announces dissolution of party


Source: SingFirst Facebook

SINGAPORE - The Singaporeans First (SingFirst) party has been dissolved, narrowing the field of opposition parties looking to contest the upcoming general election to 11.

SingFirst secretary-general Tan Jee Say on Thursday (June 25) announced on Facebook that the party's central executive committee had decided to dissolve the party as it believes a strong opposition is best achieved with consolidation.

"This decision was not made lightly, but we believe that this move is in the best interests of Singapore," he said in the statement.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

25 June: Singapore GE2020: Workers' Party's Low Thia Khiang , Chen Show Mao and Png Eng Huat step down, will not contest next GE

SINGAPORE - Former Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang, as well as party stalwarts Chen Show Mao and Png Eng Huat, will not be standing as candidates during the general election on July 10.

WP chief Pritam Singh made the shock announcement at the end of a virtual press conference on Thursday (June 25), saying that the party leadership came to this collective decision with the three men some time ago, when all three shared their wishes to step down at the end of their term.

"However their decision to step down is not a retirement," said Mr Singh.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

25 June: Singapore GE2020: Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong retires from politics after 44 years as MP


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, 79, is retiring from politics after 44 years as a Member of Parliament.

Mr Goh announced his decision in a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (June 24) and PM Lee has accepted his decision to retire from politics.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

25 June: Singapore GE2020: Workers' Party announces it will contest 4 GRCs and 2 SMCs

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) will be contesting four group representation constituencies (GRC) and two single-member constituencies (SMC) in the July 10 general election.

They will defend their seats in Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC, and field candidates to contest Marine Parade GRC, Sengkang GRC, East Coast GRC and Punggol West SMC.

Party chief Pritam Singh announced this at a virtual press conference on Thursday (June 25), where the party introduced two new candidates.

The two first-time candidates are research analyst at an investment bank Louis Chua Kheng Wee, 33, and Mr Muhammad Azhar Abdul Latip, 34, a gig economy worker.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

25 June: Singapore GE2020: 3-way fights inevitable with record 12 opposition parties, say observers


The 2015 General Election saw three-way fights in three SMCs, including MacPherson. Multi-cornered fights are inevitable, but are unlikely to happen in GRCs, which require more resources to contest, said one expert.
Source: The Straits Times

Overlapping interest to contest in at least four constituencies has yet to be resolved

Singapore could see more three-cornered fights in the 2020 General Election, with a record 12 opposition parties looking to enter the fray. As of yesterday, overlapping claims have yet to be resolved in at least four constituencies.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

25 June: Singapore GE2020: New constituency political broadcasts to air from July 3 to 7

The special broadcasts for election candidates of the various constituencies to get their messages out to voters will be aired on TV from July 3 to 7, starting at 7pm.

The usual party political broadcasts, in which various parties will get a chance to address voters, will also be aired from 7pm. There will be two such broadcasts: On July 2 and 9, which is Cooling-off Day.

With large physical rallies disallowed in GE2020, in line with health advisories to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the constituency and party political broadcasts scheduled for prime time on national TV have taken on an added significance for candidates to reach out to voters.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

25 June: Singapore GE2020: Nomination Day to be more subdued affair amid Covid-19 restrictions

Nomination centres are typically a hive of activity at election time.

But the proceedings this year will be much more subdued, with entry into the centres restricted owing to Covid-19.

Nomination Day is on June 30 in this general election.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

25 June: Singapore GE2020: Lee Hsien Yang joins Progress Singapore Party

Mr Lee Hsien Yang, estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has joined Dr Tan Cheng Bock's Progress Singapore Party (PSP), the party announced yesterday.

At a breakfast meeting at Tiong Bahru Market, Dr Tan presented Mr Lee Hsien Yang with a membership card.

Dr Tan said that Mr Lee has been a member "for quite some time", but due to the Covid-19 situation, they were unable to have a proper membership card presentation ceremony.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

Singapore-General-Elections-2020-(ge2020_lhy(1)) - MONEYFM89.3

25 June: Singapore GE2020: Political parties begin unveiling new faces

PAP introduces eight of 26 new candidates in virtual sessions while WP releases a video

Singapore began its march towards the upcoming general election with political parties unveiling their first new candidates yesterday, amid pointers that the polls held during the Covid-19 outbreak will be different from any before them.

The Elections Department (ELD) underscored this by issuing further safe distancing guidelines yesterday for those taking part in the July 10 polls.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

24 June: Singapore GE2020: Election will give Govt fresh mandate to tackle future challenges, says labour chief Ng Chee Meng

SINGAPORE - It is important for the Government to get a new mandate from the people to address the challenges that lie ahead for Singapore. And that is what the Government will be seeking at the July 10 election, labour chief Ng Chee Meng said on Wednesday (June 24).

He said: "Like Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, it's an important thing for us to do, so that we get the people's mandate and deal with the issues ahead."

Mr Ng, who is a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and has been an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC since 2015, added: "There will be challenges. So, I think when things are stabilised, we should take this opportunity to seek the mandate from the people to move forward."
Read the full article on The Straits Times

24 June: GE2020 - why a new mandate is needed: PM Lee


Source: MCI

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his televised address yesterday explained why the elections need to be called, given the Covid-19 challenges and other uncertainties ahead.

Read the text of his speech on The Straits Times

24 June: Yaacob Ibrahim bids farewell to politics after 23 years as MP

Former communications and information minister Yaacob Ibrahim bade farewell to politics yesterday, and reflected fondly on his 23 years as an MP.

In a highly personal Facebook post, Dr Yaacob, 64, thanked colleagues, grassroots leaders and fellow MPs, and said that he was "blessed" to have known so many residents in his Kolam Ayer ward in Jalan Besar GRC. He said: "Some whom I met as children have grown into proud parents, while others have left us, leaving behind their legacies in the constituency. I have grown with them, becoming one of them as their friend.

"I thank them all for opening their doors and hearts to me, allowing me to enter a world full of warmth, camaraderie and spirit. During all those years, my race never mattered to them."
Read the full article on The Straits Times

24 June: Flurry of activity as parties gear up for online campaign

Studios being set up, broadcast capabilities boosted with rally videos set to play key role

Political parties yesterday ramped up campaign planning and preparations - as the 17-day sprint to the polls on July 10 began.

Having been barred from meeting in large groups because of the coronavirus pandemic, parties have broken with tradition and turned to the online space instead, ironing out the finer details of campaign strategies through a flurry of WhatsApp messages and Zoom calls.

These include discussions on logistics, budgeting, the coordination of volunteer efforts, and each party's approach to rally videos, which will play a central role in this year's polls.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

24 June: Opposition sees new parties and leaders

After biggest overhaul in decades, crowded field could see more three-cornered contests

With its two stalwarts now either retired or playing reduced roles, and with an influx of new parties forcing a reshuffling of the pack, the opposition has undergone its biggest overhaul in decades.

The Workers' Party (WP), the largest opposition force and the only one which had Parliament seats, is facing its first election with a new secretary-general since 2001, with Mr Low Thia Khiang having handed the reins in 2018 to Mr Pritam Singh. It is also unclear if the party's biggest personality will contest the election after suffering a fall that landed him in hospital earlier this year.

For the first time since 1976, there will also be no candidate named Chiam on the ballot, as both opposition veteran Chiam See Tong and his wife Lina Chiam are sitting out the contest.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

24 June: Singapore GE2020: Election deposit for candidates set at $13,500

SINGAPORE - Candidates contesting in this year's general election will need to pay $13,500, or $1,000 less than in the 2015 election.

This and other details were revealed on Tuesday (June 23) by the Elections Department (ELD) in a press release, shortly after President Halimah Yacob dissolved Parliament and issued the Writ of Election.

Polling Day will be on July 10, a Friday, and Nomination Day is on June 30.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

23 June: Singapore GE2020: Political parties swing into high gear ahead of July 10 election

SINGAPORE - Political parties have hit the ground running in their 17-day sprint to the polls on July 10, when the long-anticipated general election will be held.

But barred from meeting in large groups because of the coronavirus pandemic, parties have broken with tradition and turned to the online space instead, ironing out the finer details of campaign strategies through a flurry of WhatsApp messages and Zoom calls.

These include discussions on logistics, budgeting, the coordination of volunteer efforts, and each party's approach to rally videos, which will play a central role in this year's polls.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

23 June: Singapore GE: 15 ways the general election on July 10 will differ from past polls

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans will go to the polls on July 10, with Nomination Day taking place on June 30. Polling Day will be a public holiday.

This general election, which will take place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, will be unique in Singapore's history due to safe distancing restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

The Straits Times takes a look at 15 key changes and new measures for the election.

1. MORE MP SEATS AND VOTERS; SMALLER GRCS ON AVERAGE
2. NEW CONSTITUENCIES
3. BOUNDARY CHANGES
4. NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR ELECTION CANDIDATES
5. NO PHYSICAL RALLIES OR MEETINGS; ONLINE CAMPAIGNING ALLOWED
6. WALKABOUTS AND DOOR-TO-DOOR CAMPAIGNING
7. CONSTITUENCY POLITICAL BROADCASTS
8. USE OF VEHICLES FOR CAMPAIGNING
9. PRECAUTIONS ON NOMINATION DAY
10. BEWARE OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE
11. STRICTER ONLINE ADVERTISING RULES
12. CAN THOSE ON STAY-HOME NOTICE VOTE?
13. PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AT POLLING STATIONS
14. SAFER AND SMOOTHER PROCESS FOR CASTING VOTES
15. SHORTER VOTE-TALLYING PROCESS

Read the full article on The Straits Times


Source: The Straits Times

23 June: What are the hot seats to watch this election

SINGAPORE - Here are some seats to watch when Singaporeans head to the polls on Friday, July 10.

GROUP REPRESENTATION CONSTITUENCIES

ALJUNIED GRC
The Workers' Party (WP) wrested the five-member GRC from the ruling party at the 2011 polls in a historic win. In the last election, the WP was able to cling on with 50.95 per cent of the vote against 49.05 per cent for the People's Action Party (PAP) team led by veteran MP Yeo Guat Kwang.

The GRC - home to 151,007 voters - is likely to again provide the hottest contest between the ruling party and the WP.

EAST COAST GRC
The WP has faced off here against the PAP in the last three general elections, and the WP is expected to again put up a fight this year, likely fielding its second-best team.

SENGKANG GRC
The new GRC has been formed by taking the Sengkang Central ward from Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and combining it with Punggol East SMC and part of Sengkang West SMC. It has 120,166 voters.

Sengkang West and Punggol East have traditionally been WP stomping grounds. The PAP won Punggol East by a slim margin in the 2015 election, and the WP has continued to walk the ground in the areas now under Sengkang GRC.

WEST COAST GRC
Former PAP MP Tan Cheng Bock returns to his old stomping ground as an opposition candidate for the first time, making the battle for West Coast GRC one to watch. Dr Tan is a well-known face here. He was a popular MP who held the Ayer Rajah seat for the ruling party for 26 years from 1980 to 2006, when his stronghold was absorbed into West Coast GRC.

This time, he is expected to lead a team from the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) but it has been 14 years since he retired as a PAP MP, and voter profiles in the area are likely to have changed.

SINGLE-MEMBER CONSTITUENCIES

KEBUN BARU SMC
Signs point to a three-cornered fight between PAP, PSP and DPP in Kebun Baru SMC, which has been carved out of Nee Soon GRC. Before that, it was part of Ang Mo Kio GRC.

Kebun Baru has 22,653 voters. Two in five residents in the ward are Pioneer and Merdeka Generation seniors, and it has traditionally been a PAP stronghold.

MARYMOUNT SMC
A three-cornered fight appears to be shaping up in the single seat of Marymount, this time among the PAP, PSP and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The seat, which has been carved out of Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, has 23,444 voters.

PUNGGOL WEST SMC
The seat has been carved out of the sprawling Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, and has been helmed by Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sun Xueling.

The area is home to many young families and has 26,579 voters.

YIO CHU KANG SMC
The PAP, PSP and RP could face off in this new single-seat constituency, which was previously part of Ang Mo Kio GRC.

A likely PAP candidate in this SMC, with 26,005 voters, is former public servant Yip Hon Weng, who recently stepped down as group chief of the Silver Generation Office under the Agency for Integrated Care.

Read the full article on The Straits Times

23 June: Singapore General Election 2020: Singaporeans will go to the polls on July 10

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans will go to the polls on July 10, in a general election that will see the contest for hearts and minds waged on a drastically different battleground due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The widely anticipated announcement of the election date came on Tuesday (June 23), when President Halimah Yacob dissolved Singapore's 13th Parliament and issued the Writ of Election.

Nomination Day will be next Tuesday (June 30), with the minimum of nine days to campaign before Cooling-off Day on July 9. Polling Day will be a public holiday. Read the full article on The Straits Times

23 June: Parliament dissolved; Writ of Election


Source: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - President Halimah Yacob dissolved Parliament on Tuesday (June 23), setting in motion a widely-anticipated general election that will take place in phase two of Singapore's reopening after the circuit breaker.

A Writ of Election, which specifies the date of the polls, is expected to be issued shortly. Nomination Day will be on June 30, said the Prime Minister's Office in a statement. Read the full article on The Straits Times

23 June: Singapore GE: Election will be ‘like no other’ not just because of Covid-19, but important issues at stake, says PM Lee

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (June 23) said he has decided to call the general election now, while the Covid-19 situation is relatively stable, to give the new government a fresh five-year mandate.

In a televised address to the nation, Mr Lee said this election will be like no other that Singapore has experienced – not just because of the special arrangements to deal with Covid-19, but also the gravity of the situation and the issues at stake.

“The government that you elect will have critical decisions to make,” he said. “These decisions will impact your lives and livelihoods, and shape Singapore for many years to come, far beyond the five-year term of the next government.”
Read the full article on The Straits Times

21 June: Singapore GE: Campaign going online may shape poll practices in the future

Singapore's political system has always evolved incrementally, with change taking place in a carefully managed way, but as with other parts of society it is not immune to the headwinds brought forth by Covid-19.

The Elections Department (ELD) has taken care to emphasise that the new campaigning rules it announced last week - should hustings be held in phase two - are meant to be a special, one-off arrangement given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but observers say that some of these stipulations may yet shape future elections.

Compared with the Non-Constituency MP scheme that has slowly evolved since it was introduced in 1984, or Cooling-off Day which was on the table for years before it was announced in 2009, Covid-19 has accelerated the shift towards more use of digital technologies in mere months, note experts.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

21 June: Singapore GE: New campaigning rules require parties to work harder to engage voters

The call-and-response between speaker and crowd, the cheers and jeers - if the upcoming general election is held during phase two of Singapore's reopening, the absence of physical rallies with their boisterous atmosphere will be a key difference from previous electoral cycles.

What is left is likely to be a sombre GE missing the crowds, colour and character of hustings past, which will play to the strengths of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), political observers tell Insight.

Preliminary campaigning guidelines announced on Thursday by the Elections Department (ELD) will see political parties holding e-rallies online in lieu of physical ones.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

21 June: Singapore GE: Many will miss rally atmosphere but people see need to adjust

Insight looks at how people, parties and politics will be affected by new campaign guidelines

While a socially distanced election cannot be avoided in a time of Covid-19, many voters say the new rules should be a one-time exception.

Two-thirds of voters whom Insight spoke to while following candidates from various parties pounding the ground on Friday said they will miss the atmosphere and intimate nature of physical rallies, even as there was broad agreement that the measures are necessary to prevent virus transmission during the hustings.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

21 June: Singapore GE: Elections will turn on jobs, Covid-19 and other issues

A crisis like never before weighs on voters' minds. Danson Cheong and Tee Zhuo report on how Covid-19 will cast a long shadow over issues, new and old, for voters when they head to the polls.

For the past several months, Mr Ivan Yeo, 53, has had no income from the interior design business he has run since 2009.

His family's main breadwinner, he was doing fine before, bringing home up to $5,000 a month. He now delivers parcels for about $100 daily, while his wife continues her job as a secretary, earning about $2,000 a month.

No prizes for guessing why: the Covid-19 pandemic.

Says the father of three: "Do you know how hard the impact is? I still have to pay rental, my housing loan and living expenses."

He and his wife earn enough to get by and the family has some savings. He has also applied for the $9,000 Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme.

As Mr Yeo's situation indicates, jobs and the economy will be at the forefront of the coming general election as never before, owing to the vast disruption caused by Covid-19.

How the pandemic has been handled by the Government, including the fourth generation (4G) political leaders, will also be in the spotlight.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

21 June: Singapore GE: What will sway voters in the coming polls?

Ruling party likely to ask for strong mandate; opposition will seek checks and balances

Every general election has its defining issues and the stance the parties in power and opposition take on them.

The last one in 2015 took place months after founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew died, and voters went to the polls thinking about his legacy and gave the People's Action Party (PAP) he founded a strong mandate to build on this.

In the watershed 2011 poll, angst over immigration and the cost of living propelled the Workers' Party (WP) to its first GRC win, signalling the emergence of a more assertive opposition.

The question now is: What is the defining issue of 2020 and the message the parties will be pitching to voters?
Read the full article on The Straits Times

20 June: Singapore GE: Political parties step out to engage again

PAP MPs, opposition candidates go on walkabouts and home visits while observing safety guidelines

Political parties were back on walkabouts yesterday, hitting the ground on the first day that Singapore eased restrictions on dining in and small social gatherings.

MPs from the People's Action Party (PAP) and candidates from opposition parties were seen meeting residents at markets and doing home visits throughout the day across the island.

In keeping with safe distancing guidelines, however, they wore masks, largely kept to groups of no larger than five and did not shake hands with residents. Parties had put all such activity on hold during the circuit breaker.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

19 June: New rules for GE Campaign

The upcoming general election will take on a markedly different character if it is held in phase two of Singapore's reopening, as seems likely, with political parties taking their message online and candidates being given more airtime on television. To find out the latest, we are joined by Linette Lai, Political Correspondent at The Straits Times.

Download the podcast.

Singapore-General-Elections-2020-(EDT_CampaignRules_FB) - MONEYFM89.3

19 June: Red Dot United's registration approved, 'ready to contest GE'

A record 12 oposition parties could contest the next general election. Red Dot United (RDU), a new political party set up by former PSP members, had its registration approved on Monday.

Despite being formed less than a month ago, the party said it is already prepared to field candidates.

Secretary-general Ravi Philemon, 52, told The Straits Times yesterday that the party had previously said that it is ready for the next general election, and now that it is registered, it is "even more ready".
Read the full article on The Straits Times

18 June: Singapore GE: Opposition parties welcome more airtime but raise concerns about lack of physical rallies

SINGAPORE - Opposition party leaders welcomed the increased airtime on national television for candidates, even as they raised concerns about the loss of in-person rallies.

Reacting to new campaign guidelines announced by the Elections Department for a general election that takes place during phase two of Singapore's reopening, opposition parties were mixed about the restrictions.

Many party leaders said the move to grant three minutes to every candidate was a good platform for them to increase the reach of their messages.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

18 June: S'pore GE: No physical rallies for election campaign, candidates to get TV airtime for constituency political broadcasts

SINGAPORE - There will be no physical rallies if the upcoming general election is held during phase two of Singapore's reopening, with all political parties given extra television airtime instead.

Although walkabouts and door-to-door campaigning will be permitted, groups must not exceed five people and should abide by safe distancing measures, said the Elections Department (ELD) in announcing its preliminary campaign guidelines on Thursday (June 18).

Special livestreaming facilities will also be set up during the campaign period. Candidates will be able to apply to hold e-rallies at these facilities at specific time slots throughout the day during the campaign period.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

9 June: Precautions set out for holding GE during pandemic

The Elections Department (ELD) yesterday announced health and safety guidelines for the coming polls, giving voters a better idea of what an election amid the coronavirus pandemic will look like.

It will involve people voting during recommended two-hour time slots and putting on disposable gloves before they can collect their ballot paper and mark it, among other precautions.

The number of polling stations will be increased from 880 to 1,100, to spread out voters across more stations.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

8 June: General election will chart Singapore's direction for next decade, says DPM Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE - The coming general election will chart the course Singapore takes not just for the next three to six months, but for at least the next five to 10 years, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (June 8).

"The election is really about direction setting," he said in an interview, noting there are significant challenges Singapore has to overcome, and significant opportunities it has to seize, over the coming decade.

"If Covid-19 is a test of a generation, the next five to 10 years will be a test of how our generation overcomes this test... and emerges stronger," he added in the interview with The Straits Times and The Business Times.
Read the full article on The Straits Times

8 June: New safety measures for S'pore GE: What voters need to know

The Elections Department (ELD) on Monday (June 8) outlined safety measures for the upcoming general election, which must be held by April 2021.

Here is what voters need to know:

1. TEMPERATURE SCREENING AT POLLING STATIONS
2. VOTING WINDOWS
3. CONTACTLESS VOTING AND CONTACT TRACING
4. OPTION TO BRING YOUR OWN PEN
5. PROTECTIVE GEAR
6. SAFE DISTANCING AT POLLING STATIONS
7. MORE POLLING STATIONS
8. CHECK FOR QUEUES
9. IF YOU ARE SICK
10. IF YOU ARE ON STAY-HOME NOTICE (SHN) AT A DESIGNATED FACILITY
11. IF YOU ARE UNDER A QUARANTINE ORDER, SERVING A SHN AT HOME OR HAVE A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE FOR ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS
Read the full article on The Straits Times

Singapore-General-Elections-2020-(GE2020_WhatVotersNeedToKnow_FB) - MONEYFM89.3

Tune in to MONEY FM 89.3 or visit straitstimes.com as we bring you the latest news and stories on GE2020.
#GE2020 #BringingTheGEToYou

Listen
Download SPH RADIO APP
Last Played
Last Played