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5 Things Singaporeans Need To Know About GE2020 Nomination Day Results

Besides Polling Day, Nomination Day is among the most crucial events in a General Election. Here’s what happened.

Before candidates can get on the ballot sheet and stand for General Elections (GE) in Singapore, they need to submit their nomination papers and certificates to the Returning Officer (or their representatives) at designated nomination centres between 11am and 12 noon, accompanied by their proposers, seconders, and at least four assentors.

Here’s is a summary of what happened earlier today during Nomination Day for GE2020.

#1 A First In GE History: Decentralised Nomination Process Due To COVID-19

In the past, all nominations will take place outside the Elections Department (ELD), with supporters of the various parties and candidates gathering to express their support.

This year, due to new guidelines issued by the Elections Department, as a result of COVID-19, nominations are taking place across 9 nomination centres, while supporters are prohibited from gathering at or around the vicinity of nomination centres.

The campaigning period will also be different, since physical rallies will be banned. Instead, candidates will need to rely on e-rallies, ‘live’ television broadcasts, as well as the usual walkabouts, distribution of campaign materials, and putting up campaign banners in order to reach out to voters.

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#2 Walkovers Or 3-Cornered Fights

Based on rules governing elections, if at the end of the nomination period, there is only one candidate (for SMCs) or one group of candidates (for GRCs) successfully nominated in a constituency, the Returning Officer will declare that person or group as being elected as Member(s) of Parliament of that constituency. This is more commonly known as a walkover.

The previous General Elections in 2015 marked the first time since independence that all seats were contested. For GE2020, all 93 seats will be contested, and there are no walkovers.

There are some 3-cornered fights, such as at Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, with the People’s Action Party going against the Singapore Democratic Alliance, and Peoples Voice.

In Pioneer SMC, People’s Action Party candidate Patrick Tay is up against Lim Cher Hong of the Progress Singapore Party and independent candidate Cheang Peng Wah.

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#3 Largest Number Of Political Parties Contesting In Singapore

Other than the incumbent ruling People’s Action Party, a total of 10 political parties have fielded candidates to contest in GE2020, competing for a total of 93 seats in 14 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 17 Group Representative Constituencies (GRCs).

They are:

Workers’ Party
Singapore Democratic Party
National Solidarity Party
Singapore People’s Party
Singapore Democratic Alliance
Reform Party
People’s Power Party
Peoples Voice
Progress Singapore Party
Red Dot United

There are also individuals who are running as independent candidates.

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#4 Who Is Contesting Where?

Nomination has officially closed at 12.30pm and candidates are now examining the nomination documents of their opponents and have the opportunity to raise objections.

Here is the list of confirmed candidates for each of the GRC and SMC constituencies.


Aljunied GRC

Workers’ Party: Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim, Gerald Giam, Leon Perera, Faisal Manap

People’s Action Party: Chua Eng Leong, Victor Lye, Shamsul Kamar, Chan Hui Yuh, Alex Yeo


Ang Mo Kio GRC

People’s Action Party: Lee Hsien Loong, Darryl David, Gan Thiam Poh, Ng Ling Ling, Nadia Samdin

Reform Party: Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Andy Zhu, Charles Yeo, Noraini Yunus, So Guan Soon


Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

People’s Action Party: Ng Eng Hen, Chee Hong Tat, Saktiandi Supaat, Chong Kee Hiong

Singapore People’s Party: Steve Chia, Williamson Lee, Osman Sulaiman, Melvyn Chiu


Chua Chu Kang GRC

People’s Action Party: Gan Kim Yong, Low Yen Ling, Don Wee, Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim

Progress Singapore Party: Francis Yuen, Tan Meng Wah, Choo Shaun Ming, Abdul Rahmad Mohamad


East Coast GRC

People’s Action Party: Heng Swee Keat, Maliki Osman, Jessica Tan, Cheryl Chan, Tan Kiat How

Workers’ Party: Abdul Shariff Aboo Kassim, Kenneth Foo, Terence Tan, Dylan Ng, Nicole Seah


Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

People’s Action Party: Vivian Balakrishnan, Sim Ann, Christopher de Souza, Edward Chia

Singapore Democratic Party: James Gomez, Min Cheong, Alfred Tan, Tan Jee Say


Jalan Besar GRC

People’s Action Party: Josephine Teo, Heng Chee How, Denise Phua, Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah

Peoples Voice: Lim Tean, Leong Sze Hian, Michael Fang, Azlan Sulaiman


Jurong GRC

People’s Action Party: Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Tan Wu Meng, Rahayu Mahzam, Shawn Huang, Xie Yao Quan

Red Dot United: Ravi Philemon, Liyana Dhamirah, Michelle Lee, Nicholas Tang, Alec Tok


Marine Parade GRC

People’s Action Party: Tan Chuan-Jin, Seah Kian Peng, Edwin Tong, Tan See Eng, Fahmi Aliman

Workers’ Party: Ron Tan, Yee Jenn Jong, Fadli Fawzi, Azhar Latip, Nathaniel Koh


Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC

People’s Action Party: Lawrence Wong, Zaqy Mohamad, Alex Yam, Hany Soh

Singapore Democratic Party: Bryan Lim, Damanhuri Abas, Benjamin Pwee, Khung Wai Yeen


Nee Soon GRC

People’s Action Party: K Shanmugam, Faishal Ibrahim, Louis Ng, Carrie Tan, Derrick Goh

Progress Singapore Party: Damien Tay, Taufik Supan, Kala Manickam, S Nallakaruppan, and Brad Bowyer


Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC

People’s Action Party: Teo Chee Hean, Janil Puthucheary, Desmond Tan, Yeo Wan Ling, Sharael Taha

Singapore Democratic Alliance: Desmond Lim, Harminder Pal Singh, Abu Mohamed, Kelvin Ong, Kuswadi Atnawi

Peoples Voice: Gilbert Goh, Mohamed Nassir Ismail, Jireh Lim, Prabu Ramachandran, Vigneswari Ramachandran


Sembawang GRC

People’s Action Party: Ong Ye Kung, Vikram Nair, Lim Wee Kiak, Poh Li San, Mariam Jaafar

National Solidarity Party: Spencer Ng, Sathin Ravindran, Ivan Yeo Tiong Boon, Sebastian Teo, Yadzeth Hairis


Sengkang GRC

People’s Action Party: Ng Chee Meng, Lam Pin Min, Amrin Amin, Raymond Lye

Workers’ Party: Jamus Lim, Raeesah Khan, Louis Chua, He Ting Ru


Tampines GRC

People’s Action Party: Masagos Zukifli, Koh Poh Koon, Desmond Choo, Baey Yam Keng, Cheng Li Hui

National Solidarity Party: Reno Fong, Mohd Ridzwan Mohammad, Yeo Ren-Yuan, Choong Hon Heng, Vincent Ng


Tanjong Pagar GRC

People’s Action Party: Chan Chun Sing, Indranee Rajah, Joan Pereira, Alvin Tan, Eric Chua

Progress Singapore Party: Michael Chua, Harish Pillay, Wendy Low, Terence Soon, Abas Kasmani


West Coast GRC

People’s Action Party: S Iswaran, Desmond Lee, Ang Wei Neng, Rachel Ong, Foo Mee Har

Progress Singapore Party: Tan Cheng Bock, Hazel Poa, Leong Wai Mun, Jeffrey Khoo, Nadarajah Loganathan


Bukit Batok SMC

People’s Action Party: Murali Pillai

Singapore Democratic Party: Chee Soon Juan


Bukit Panjang SMC

People’s Action Party: Liang Eng Hwa

Singapore Democratic Party: Paul Tambyah


Hong Kah North SMC

People’s Action Party: Amy Khor

Progress Singapore Party: Gigene Wong


Hougang SMC

People’s Action Party: Lee Hong Chuang

Workers’ Party: Dennis Tan


Kebun Baru SMC

People’s Action Party: Henry Kwek

Progress Singapore Party: Kumaran Pillai


MacPherson SMC

People’s Action Party: Tin Pei Ling

People’s Power Party: Goh Meng Seng


Marymount SMC

People’s Action Party: Gan Siow Huang

Progress Singapore Party: Ang Yong Guan


Mountbatten SMC

People’s Action Party: Lim Biow Chuan

Peoples Voice: Sivakumaran Chellappa


Pioneer SMC

People’s Action Party: Patrick Tay

Progress Singapore Party: Lim Cher Hong

Independent: Cheang Peng Wah


Potong Pasir SMC

People’s Action Party: Sitoh Yih Pin

Singapore People’s Party: Jose Raymond


Punggol West SMC

People’s Action Party: Sun Xue Ling

Workers’ Party: Tan Chen Chen


Radin Mas SMC

People’s Action Party: Melvin Yong

Reform Party: Kumar Appavoo


Yio Chu Kang SMC

People’s Action Party: Yip Hon Weng

Progress Singapore Party: Kayla Low


Yuhua SMC

People’s Action Party: Grace Fu

Singapore Democratic Party: Robin Low


#5 Surprises: No-Shows And Switches

In a surprise move, Heng Swee Keat moved over from Tampines GRC, where he had been since he was first elected into Parliament, to contest in East Coast GRC and taking on the Workers’ Party team that includes the popular Nicole Seah.

Despite much fanfare and excitement over his possible candidacy, Lee Hsien Yang was not one of the candidates for GE2020.

Needless to say, the existence of 3-corner fights, especially in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, would be a disappointment to opposition supporters, since non-PAP voters will have their votes diluted.

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