21 April 2016
The Bukit Batok by-election will be held on May 7, about two months after the ward’s former Member of Parliament David Ong stepped down because of an alleged extramarital affair.
The Writ of Election, which sets the election process in motion, was issued yesterday and nomination of candidates will take place on Wednesday next week at Keming Primary School in the single-member constituency (SMC).
Should there be a contest, Bukit Batok residents will cast their votes after a nine-day campaign and one cooling-off day.
Pending last-minute surprises, the by-election is set to be a straight fight between the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Murali Pillai, 48, and the Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) Chee Soon Juan, 53, both of whom have already been actively working the ground for the past weeks.
… This by-election will be a re-match of PAP versus the Opposition, but without the SG50 factor “automatically working in favour of the PAP”, said political analyst Alan Chong of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Topics raised during the hustings could span from national concerns — including the survival of small and medium firms, whether government policies are doing enough, cost of living, safety and reliability of the MRT system — to municipal issues in Bukit Batok, he said.
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Last updated on 21/04/2016