SDP Outlines Fair Access to Electorate in Coming Crucial GE

DPM Heng Swee Keat says that the sooner the General Election is held, the quicker Singapore can deal with the Covid-19 situation.

It is unfortunate and even dangerous for the elections to be seen as an inconvenience to be gotten over with rather than a critical moment for the nation to come together to decide on its future especially in light of the Coronavirus fallout.

It is clear that the PAP is determined to hold the election despite the on-going pandemic. It must not be allowed to pull a quick event and gloss over existential threats to our society, many brought about by the PAP itself.

There are grave and far-reaching issues that need to be thoroughly debated. Singaporeans must get deeply involved in the process as it concerns their lives and the lives of their children.

To do this, the PAP must dispense with its usual tactic of allowing only the minimum period of nine days for campaigning and to monopolise newspaper columns and airwaves.

Already, mass rallies will not be a big feature (if they are allowed at all) during the hustings. This puts the opposition at an even greater disadvantage.

In order that the election is substantively meaningful, contesting parties must be given equitable access to the electorate so that voters are familiar with the various platforms, policies, points and counterpoints.

To achieve this, the SDP calls on the government to:

    Extend the official campaigning to 21 days, instead of the current nine.
    Provide all parties access to the Mediacorp’s channels every night.
    Provide all parties access to radio programmes every day.
    Reserve space in the SPH newspapers for parties to publish their manifestos and ideas daily.
    Allow parties to address residents at food centres, void decks and common areas.

Mr Chan Chun Sing has also said that the PAP is seeking a strong mandate. A strong mandate can only come from an electorate given adequate time and access to the various party platforms and policies. Singaporeans will then be fully equipped to go to the polls and make informed and intelligent choices on the momentous question of how they want our country to go forward.

Conducting a stunted campaign period with the PAP controlling access to the mass media – not to mention the constricted online space due to a series of laws enacted in recent years – will give the PAP a dubious mandate at best.

It will signal a ruling party afraid of scrutiny of the track record of its 4G leadership and, more importantly, examination of the capability of the younger ministers to take Singapore forward.

The outcome arising from such a PAP-managed election is detrimental and dangerous to Singapore’s future.

Now more than ever, Singaporeans need a fair, transparent and democratic system of governance which only a fair, transparent and democratic GE can bring about.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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14 Responses to “SDP Outlines Fair Access to Electorate in Coming Crucial GE”

  • opposition dude:

    SDP, don’t waste your time lah. You guys already know PAP will play dirty for this election. If they want to call for it nothing and no one can stop them.

    I say let them call for it since they so kan cheong about it. Talking about it day and night and repeating the same old strong mandate/handling this crisis over and over. Looks like old people aren’t the only ones who are long winded.

    PAP has to call for this election because the ground isn’t sweet and won’t be for a while. They know that the longer this drags on the worse it will get for them. They wanted to call it back in March before they imposed the lockdown because they thought the number of cases back then was small so it would be an easy victory. Then disaster struck for them with the mass outbreak in the dorms.

    So let them call for it. As Singaporeans we only have this single opportunity to show them what we think of their ineptness in handling this pandemic. So when the time comes please do your part and kick out as many monkeys as you all can. Hopefully both the Hougang and Aljunied spirit spreads over the whole island.

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  • trublu:

    SDP IS RIGHT.
    ADEQUATE DISCERNING TIME N FAIR LEVEL OF EXPOSURE FOR ALL GE PARTICIPANTS IS NEEDED IN ORDER FOR A STRONG MANDATE TO TAKE EFFECT.

    A HURRIED GE CANNOT GIVE RISE TO A REAL MANDATE,NOT TO MENTION A STRONG MANDATE.

    VOTING IS A SERIOYS N SACRED MATTER N SHUD NOT BE CARRIED WISHY-WASHILY?

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  • Talkcockmp:

    We WILL TRASH THEM WHOLESALE….

    I PROMISE TO MY CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN.

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  • PAP's Greed:

    Coronavirus: South Korea closes schools again after biggest spike in weeks.

    Will our Govt take the risk to open our schools and also conduct an election in this crisis ?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52845015

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  • SDP is stupid:

    Dear SDP,
    You are the stupidest of all. Even your Ang Mo Tua Kee aka Ang Mo is Angel Donald Trump is also using a lot of underhand tactics to whack his opponent Binden.

    So Ang Mo is angel ? …. hahahaha…

    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/33011-when-the-missionaries-came-to-africa-they-had-the-bible

    “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” –Desmond Tutu

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    $PAP$ Tua Kee; Majullah $PAP$; $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    It is EASIER to fly to the Moon in a “Helicopter” to “Enhance” the REQUEST…

    Fight the way “The Trump” does with odds of a 100 million to one…go to the People & silly sheeple Daily through whatever means legally and NOT iLLEEGALY…God works in strange ways and He never fails to Deliver if you put your “TRUST” in Him like “The Trump” did…

    “Pro-Life and NOT Abort Life”

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  • NotMyProblem:

    So the PAP is desperate to hold the General Election, pandemic or not. One reason is to quickly raise GST to cover the “emptiness” at the back of the vault of our Reserve. Another reason is to give enough time for F1 to hold the night race with restriction lifted for spectators to the F1 race.

    Now till F1 race, Covid-19 restrictions have to be in place to disadvantage the Alternative Parties. Restriction includes the size of rally, door-to-door canvassing and outreach, etc. Basically to give the voters a “blind” election.

    Once GE result is out, covid-19 is declared under control, so lift all restriction to allow spectators for F1. This event is also important to PAP. It would provide business to hotels and F & B. Tourism Board can also collect levy.

    In United Nation’s 2018 population estimate, 46% of Singapore population consists of foreigners turned citizen. All of them are of voting age.

    Now new citizens out vote true blue NS-liable Singaporeans. Don’t forget not all 54% true blue Singaporeans are eligible to vote!

    Do we allow PAP to hold Singaporeans at ransom to vote for them?

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  • MarBowling:

    Heaven has eyes by giving DPM Heng Sweet Cake a Stroke.

    We True Blue Singaporean should give him a BLACK EYE in the Coming Pandemic ERECTION, by VOTING him out. Better Still send him and his Big Boss Mai Hum to GO FLY KITE and FIACK SPIDER. VTO!

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    SDP must be dreaming. Was LKY ever “fair”?

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  • PANDEMIC ACTION PLAN:

    “I’ve asked ELD to walk through the various scenarios and to see when possible we can share the rules and regulations with the parties and the candidates, to give them sufficient time, yet at the same time not have rules that may become invalid by the evolving situation,”

    Mr Chan, who is also the People’s Action Party’s second assistant secretary-general and a possible Prime Minister candidate, said that the ELD must make sure that the measures announced are cognisant and in sync with the prevailing health situation based on when the election will be called by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    https://www.onlinecitizenasia.com/2020/05/30/chan-chun-sing-eld-cannot-prematurely-announce-rules-and-regulations-of-next-ge/

    IN OTHER WORDS, PM WILL HV THE FINAL WORD TO HIS ADVANTAGE! ELD PREMATURE SHARING OF RULES & REGULATIONS MAY BECOME INVALID!

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  • take back our country:

    the more i read about the PAP’s lack of fairness and integrity, the angrier i get each day.
    maybe lhl didnt get much love from his parents growing up..
    no wonder he cant even show empathy towards his siblings and extended family.
    very unfortunate…
    his band of clowns are all forced to play “follow the leader”!

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  • PANDEMIC ACTION PLAN:

    For post-Covid SG, we will see a new paradigm shift for rallies playing out starting with Pink Dot virtual rally on a new platform from Hong Lim Park Speakers’ Corner, the site designated for open-air public rallies!

    https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/singapore/pink-dot-kicks-off-pride-month-with-an-invitation-to-singapores-first-virtual-lgbtq-solidarity-rally/ar-BB14Ws0p

    WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF POLITICAL PARTIES TO HOLD PUBLIC RALLIES ON A NEW PLATFORM I.E. ONLINE?

    HOW THE PAP GOVT GOING TO ENSURE THAT FAIR PLAY WILL BE EXTENDED ONLINE FOR POLITICAL OPPONENTS WITH THE CLOSURE OF DESIGNATED SITE FOR PUBLIC RALLIES? WILL THE GOVT DESIGNATE LOCAL TV CHANNELS AS SPEAKERS’ CORNER?

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  • Great Asia:

    Christianity is a religion.
    Islam is a religion.
    Judaism is a religion.
    Hinduism is a religion.
    Taoism is a religion.
    And there are many more religions.

    Many people don’t understand that Politics is religion.

    They also don’t understand that Democracy is religion as well.

    They are not aware of the danger of playing with Politics and Democracy.

    Politics and Democracy if not handled properly and mindfully will create division and animosity among different groups in the nation. When politics fails, the government fails; when the government fails, the society fails; then democracy fails, then politics fails. It will be a vicious circle. All western democracies are heading toward this path.

    All western democracies will fail because they can’t comprehend the complexity and they have no social compact to deal with the dangers posted by Politics and Democracy.

    Trump just held up a Bible. What does it means when a White man holds a Bible or rises a cross?

    Unfortunately, this generation of politicians in Singapore (PAP and opposition) are not leaders, they are just monkeys.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • an inherent starting point:

    //Politics and Democracy if not handled properly and mindfully will create division and animosity among different groups in the nation. When politics fails, the government fails; when the government fails, the society fails; then democracy fails, then politics fails. It will be a vicious circle. All western democracies are heading toward this path.//

    aiyoh. likewise with eating too much ? or jamming the country with 6.9m or 10m or 15m people ? or too much one sided white idiotic narrative lar ? or 4 = 5 or selected = elected hiding the veil of being a democracy lar ?

    anything good if handled poorly may result badly lar ?

    but anything bad already has an inherent starting point of being bad already lar ??

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