Friday, April 28, 2006

Singapore General Elections 2006

Finally, as of 27 April 2006, Singapore began its nomination day. And for the first time since 1988, the ruling party (People's Action Party) will not get returned to power.

The opposition contested in 47 seats (source: lianhe wanbao 27/4/06), targeting mainly on the east of Singapore. The two largest opposition here, namely the Workers Party and the Singapore Democratic Alliance, fielded 20 candidates each. The Singapore Democratic Party fielded 7.

Brief breakdown of news this past week.
1. Dr Chee Soon Juan, the CEC's and the SDP, were served lawyer letters from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew for alledgedly defaming them in their newsletter, New Democrats. The refused to apologise by Tuesday 25April. The court has given the go-ahead for the case.

2. James Gomez form the WP seems to have "forgotten" to hand in his application for the minority candidate representation. Thus, the WP's contest in Aljunied might be jeopardised. (source: redbeanforum). And this appears to be his second time having forget to hand in some application papers.

3. The PAP refused to define what is considered a strong mandate, but from the Straits Times 27April 2006, the accepted mandate is between 60 to 65% of the majority vote. Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong also stressed that losing a GRC is a totally different matter than losing some single wards.

4. Soon after nominations have been approved, all major parties set about to putting election placards and slogans at lampposts, etc. By 4pm 27 April 2006, which is the time i was returning home form school, I can see WP and PAP placards lining the lampposts on my way home.

The above was written out from memory, and as such there might be errors. Please inform me if errors are found.

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