Potential candidates turn up to collect forms

It was a busy day at the Elections Department's (ELD's) headquarters in Prinsep Link yesterday, as a steady stream of potential candidates turned up to collect nomination papers.

Potential independent candidates and opposition politicians dropped by to pick up or submit documents.

By the end of the day, representatives from all nine opposition parties contesting in the General Election had showed up.

On Tuesday, President Tony Tan Keng Yam dissolved Parliament and issued the Writ of Election to signal the start of the next general election. Nomination Day is on Sept 1 and Polling Day on Sept 11.

Yesterday, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Jeffrey George collected nomination forms for 11 potential candidates, while the Workers' Party's (WP's) Gerald Giam and Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap were also spotted.

Mr George, 52, told the media that SDP will soon begin to introduce its candidates on a "daily basis". He said: "We've geared up ever since the last general election, and we've been walking the ground."

Mr Giam, one of two Non-Constituency MPs for the WP, said the party had submitted its candidates' Political Donation Certificates and certificates from the Malay Community Committee, and the Indian and Other Minority Communities Committee.

He confirmed that he will be among the 28 WP candidates contesting the General Election.

Reform Party members Andy Zhu and Kumar Appavoo were also seen leaving with documents in hand. Mr Zhu, a property agent and the party's chairman, said that both of them will run in the coming election. Mr Appavoo, director of an oil and gas company, had contested West Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in 2011.

National Solidarity Party (NSP) assistant treasurer Nor Lella Mardiiiah Mohamed, 41, left with documents for at least one five-member GRC and an SMC. When asked about the party's plans, she said "nothing has changed from what has been mentioned before by the president".

NSP president Sebastian Teo on Monday reiterated that the party would be contesting 12 seats as originally announced: Sembawang and Tampines GRCs, and MacPherson and Pioneer SMCs.

Democratic Progressive Party chairman Mohamad Hamim Aliyas, who was also at the ELD, said his party would announce its candidate slate for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC only on Nomination Day.


Meanwhile, potential first-time election candidate Shirwin Eu, 32, said he plans to contest Bukit Panjang SMC as an independent.

The driver with private taxi service Uber, who lives near the ward, was the first to collect his nomination form and said he hopes to speak up about transport issues.

A familiar face was perennial election candidate Ooi Boon Ewe, 74, who last stood as a candidate in Joo Chiat SMC at the 2001 General Election.

The real estate executive is seeking to stand in Sengkang West SMC this time, as an independent. Mr Ooi failed in his applications for three presidential elections, as well as the 2011 General Election and 2013 Punggol East by-election.

Former businessman Zeng Guoyuan, 63, dubbed the "Parrot Man", was another colourful character to announce his potential candidacy as an independent. The 63-year-old claimed he intends to stand in Potong Pasir SMC, which is already being contested by the People's Action Party, the Singapore People's Party and another independent candidate, former NSP secretary-general Tan Lam Siong.

Mr Zeng, who used to live in Potong Pasir, met with an accident two years ago, and has suffered from nose cancer and cancer of the large intestine. The New Paper reported in June that he sells tissue paper outside the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Waterloo Street to make ends meet.

Blogger Han Hui Hui was also seen leaving the ELD after collecting documents for an SMC. She refused to speak to members of the media.



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