Workers’ Party (WP) secretary-general, Pritam Singh, promised that his party will field candidates who will carry the aspirations of the young and first-time voters in the upcoming General Election.
Revealing that he spoke to students about the role and importance of the opposition at a National University of Singapore (NUS) event yesterday (30 Oct), Mr Pritam said that he hopes to engage more youths in dialogue in the coming months. He said:
“Two hours passed by in a flash taking and answering questions from students on the University Scholars Program at Cinnamon College, National University of Singapore. Spoke broadly on citizen engagement and Parliamentary processes, in addition to the role and importance of an opposition in Singapore, amongst other things.
“Looking forward to continue listening to more youth voices in the weeks and months to come and fielding The Workers’ Party candidates that will carry the aspirations of young and first-time voters at the next General Elections!”
The Government announced the first firm step towards the next election on 4 Sept, with the formation of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC). The formation of the EBRC precedes the calling of the next election and has been taken to mean that the next GE is imminent.
In the past three General Elections (GEs), the EBRC has taken between two to four months to complete the review. The time between the release of the EBRC’s report and polling day has ranged from as little as 17 days to as long as six months, in Singapore history.
For the next GE, the EBRC has particularly been tasked to reduce the average size of group representation constituencies (GRCs) and increase the number of single-member constituencies (SMCs). This likely means that the electoral map will be altered significantly.
News that the EBRC was convened in August has led to fevered speculation on when the next GE will take place. Political observers and members of the public seem to agree the next GE could be held as soon as November/December 2019 or timed to take place in the first quarter of 2020, after the next Budget.