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Created by StraitsTimes on 19/04/2011
Last updated: 11/06/11 at 20:21
It has been an exciting day, with the date for the General Election finally announced. The contenders will be getting an early start this morning, stepping up on walkabouts, holding strategy meetings and getting geared up for the polls on May 7.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim says the PAP team in Moulmein-Kallang GRC is prepared for challenge in GE. 'My sense is that we’re ready, because all the preparations have been in place for a couple of months,' he said. 'Now it's really to activate some of the key things that we have to do and we'll set the ball rolling after tonight.'
Mr Inderjit Singh of Ang Mo Kio GRC thanking his branch activists for attending the election briefing at the Kebun Baru PAP branch office. More than 50 activists came together for a meeting with their MP on Tuesday evening to be briefed on what they need to do between now and Polling Day.
Retiring MP Lee Boon Yang and candidates for Moulmein-Kallang GRC - Mr Edwin Tong, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Ms Denise Phua and Mr Lui Tuck Yew - meet their grassroots members at their party branch in King George’s Avenue to discuss the General Elections game plan on Tuesday night.
National Solidarity Party leaders and candidates hold a meeting at their party office on Tuesday evening after polling day is announced. Their party posters and flags are ready and members got together to discuss their strategy. (From left): Candidate for Chua Chu Kang GRC Hazel Poa, candidate for Jurong GRC Abdul Rasheed Abdul Kuthus, Mr Steve Chia who is running in Pioneer SMC, party president and candidate for Chua Chu Kang GRC Sebastian Teo and organising secretary Ivan Yeo. Picture by Stephanie Yeow.
Mr Lim Biow Chuan from Mountbatten SMC was at the ComCare dinner for needy residents. He told them that with the dissolution of Parliament, he is no longer MP, and cannot write letters for them. A sign posted on the main door of the Mountbatten branch stated that the meet-the-people session has been cancelled. Picture by Ted Chen
The Singapore Democratic Party has cancelled a training session that was to be held tomorrow from 7 to 9pm. The session was meant to train polling and counting agents to support the party during the GE. Party chief Chee Soon Juan put up an apology on the party’s Facebook page and said it was cancelled “due to the fluidity of the moment”.
At Bukit Panjang SMC: MP Teo Ho Pin visits residents at Block 123. An SMS blast has been sent out to the core team of activists to tell them about a meeting on Friday. Details will be finalised at the pow-wow, including the programme for the campaigning period, the number of volunteers available and the hanging of posters. “We are very confident,” he said.
At Joo Chiat SMC: Mr Andrew Kuan, an independent contesting here, has dinner with volunteers to “discuss plans”. He will be stepping-up on walkabouts. Banners and posters are being prepared.
The Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) will be holding a meeting tonight to talk about political donation certificates, and door-to-door visits will go into high gear, from every-other-night to nightly.
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) says it will unveil the party’s manifesto later this week. The party is planning to launch a new Internet initiative to attract voters.
The Reform Party (RP) announces that it will be introducing its next slate of candidates - for West Coast GRC - at a press conference tomorrow. The party will also be presenting its manifesto.
At Tampines East: Branch secretary Benny Yeo, 47, says that candidates will be meeting tonight at 8pm. Before that, they will be signing documents that the Elections Department requires for their nomination as candidates. Text messages will soon be sent to volunteers to mobilise them for a meeting tomorrow evening to brief them on the do’s and don’ts.
At Yuhua: Yuhua Citizens’ Consultative Committee chairman Rosemarie Chong, 52, says they are “absolutely not nervous” about contesting as a SMC rather than as part of a GRC . It has helped create a “real kampung spirit”, she said.
At Pioneer: Pioneer Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) Chairman Joseph Foo said that MP Cedric Foo has called a meeting for branch activists and grassroot leaders this evening to “discuss plans going forward”.
Branch Executive Committee member Helen Tan, 62, puts up flags outside the Aljunied GRC’s Paya Lebar Branch office. Preparations for the election are in full swing after Parliament was dissolved on Tuesday.
At Nee Soon GRC: Branch activists say that it’s just about sorting out documents from now till Nomination Day.
At Holland-Bukit Timah GRC: MPs Liang Eng Hwa and Christopher De Souza confirm that there will be a GRC meeting tonight at Ulu Pandan around 10pm. They will be carrying out house visits prior to the meeting.
Ang Mo Kio GRC incumbent Inderjit Singh says he will have a meeting tonight with 50 to 60 branch activists to brief them on what they need to do in the next two weeks.
At Yuhua SMC: Women’s Executive Committee Chairman Madam Karney Ngia, 60, who will be whipping up meals for MP Grace Fu and grassroot leaders during the campaigning period and for meetings, is waiting to put on her kitchen apron. The meals are all planned out, she said, adding that bak kut teh for lunch is on the menu. “We are just waiting for instructions now,” she said.
At Choa Chu Kang GRC: Activists receive election text messages at 4pm. Will be holding election meeting on Tuesday night at 10pm at the Teck Whye branch. Key activists and all five MPs in the GRC are expected to attend. At East Coast GRC, election meeting will be held on Thursday night at its Changi-Simei branch.
At Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC: Walkabouts will be intensified, and daily activities have been planned for now till polling day.
Workers’ Party Chairman Sylvia Lim in her headquarters, speaking to reporters about Parliament being dissolved. Photo by Kevin Lim.
At Marine Parade GRC: Preparations started way before, said Dr Fatimah Lateef. The MP has been pounding the ground in Geylang Serai and has “been to every household”. The response has been “very positive”, she said.
At Aljunied GRC, MP Cynthia Phua (Paya Lebar) will meet residents at 7:45pm and Foreign Minister George Yeo (Bedok Reservoir-Punggol) will meet residents from 7:30pm.
Lim Biow Chuan will be turning away people who attend Mountbatten ward's Meet-the-People Session tonight because he no longer has the capacity to write letters. Except for the very urgent cases, he will “try to see how we can help them”.
Hong Kah: Branch Secretary Wong Mun Chiang said that the team has visited each HDB estate more than twice over the past two years. Plans, he said, are all in place. When campaigning begins, broadcasts will be aired every hour, members will be on the ground meeting residents 24/7 and banners will be put up. “Right now, we can’t do anything much yet,” he said.
At Bukit Panjang: Branch secretary Louis Tay said he is waiting for instruction from Mayor Teo Ho Pin. “We are just waiting for him to give us the green light and we will activate the volunteers”.
President S.R Nathan issued the Writ of Election setting Nomination Day on April 27. There will be nine nomination centres.
Rhino, chair or telephone? The Singapore Elections Department issues a list of approved symbols for use by independent candidates.
Pioneer CCC Chairman Joseph Foo said the branch office is kicking into high gear. “We are all waiting for the writ of election to be issued, then we will meet up,” said Mr Foo, who added that MP Cedric Foo has laid out plans, and visited more than 95 per cent of the more than 12,000 households in the single-member constituency in the past year. He added that the meeting will touch on the campaign plans which are being sent out in flyers given out to all residents with a message from the MP.
Singapore's 11th Parliament has been dissolved, setting the stage for the electoral battles to win the hearts and minds of 2,311,582 voters at the coming general election. The writ of proclamation issued by President S R Nathan at 3 pm on Tuesday kicks start a flurry of activities at political party branches, where activists and volunteers have been gearing up for weeks. Reporters from The Straits Times covering the election will bring you quick updates on the campaigning front and the happenings on the ground.