Singapore GE2020: Nomination Day kicks off as parliamentary hopefuls arrive at centres

SINGAPORE – Nomination Day on Tuesday (June 30) saw candidates from the 11 political parties contesting the Singapore General Election 2020 gathering at party headquarters and coffee shops, before heading to the nine nomination centres as doors opened at 10am.

The ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) is likely to face a contest in all 93 seats across 17 GRCs and 14 SMCs, with three-cornered fights expected in some SMCs.

Over at West Coast GRC, the battle looks to be heating up, with Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee spotted at the PAP West Coast branch in Clementi earlier in the morning. Mr Lee, an incumbent MP for Jurong GRC, declined to comment when asked if he would be contesting West Coast GRC.

Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock, who is expected to lead a team to contest West Coast GRC, was seen arriving at a coffee shop near Nam Hua High School nomination centre. When asked how he felt about returning to electoral politics, the 80-year-old former MP said: “I’m always happy, I enjoy a fight.”

PSP member Lee Hsien Yang, who was earlier seen at a coffee shop opposite Bendemeer Primary School nomination centre, did not enter the nomination centre, indicating that he is not likely to contest Tanjong Pagar GRC.

He had been sitting at the coffee shop with PSP members Abas Kasmani, Harish Pillay and Terence Soon and when asked if he would be going into the centre, the estranged younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong would only say “You wait and see”. 

Among the surprises that emerged on Tuesday morning was PAP new face Gan Siow Huang, who was seen arriving at Deyi Secondary School nomination centre.

The former air force brigadier-general, who was earlier tipped to stand in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, will be contesting single-seat Marymount constituency against likely PSP candidate Ang Yong Guan.

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) also unveiled a surprise change to its line-up on Tuesday and looks set to field former civil servant Benjamin Pwee in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, instead of single-seat Yuhua constituency.

The Workers’ Party has also confirmed their candidates for hotly contested Marine Parade GRC, as Mr Ron Tan, 35, Mr Yee Jenn Jong, 55, Mr Nathaniel Koh, 36, Mr Fadli Fawzi, 40, and Mr Muhammad Azhar Abdul Latip, 34, boarded a bus for Kong Hwa School, the nomination centre for the constituency.

They will face off against a PAP team comprising Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, 51, Mr Edwin Tong, 50, Mr Seah Kian Peng, 58, Dr Tan See Leng, 55, and Mr Mohd Fahmi Aliman, 48.

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