Polling Day for Hougang by-election on May 26

Polling Day for the Hougang by-election to fill former Workers' Party (WP) MP Yaw Shin Leong's seat will be held on May 26.

Nomination Day will be on May 16 and Serangoon Junior College will be the designated nomination centre.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam issued the writ of election on Wednesday.

The WP has held Hougang since 1991. The seat became vacant when Mr Yaw was expelled from the party on Feb 14 for refusing to account for alleged extra-marital affairs. Mr Yaw has reportedly fled the country.

In response to the by-election, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote a statement on his Facebook page urging Hougang residents to use this opportunity wisely to elect the "best candidate with commitment and integrity".

Likely candidate in the by-election is Mr Png Eng Huat, 50, an executive committee member who stood for last year's General Election in East Coast GRC, said The Straits Times.

Mr Desmond Choo, 34, is also likely to be fielded by the People's Action Party. He heads the party branch there and will be his second contest in Hougang.

He lost to Mr Yaw last year with 35.2 per cent of the vote.

klim@sph.com.sg

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