Singaporeans will Question PAP’s Mandate if GE is Tilted Further in its Favour

The announcement today by the Elections Department that campaigning guidelines will have to wait, possibly until parliament is dissolved, signals the PAP’s intent to tilt the GE in its favour as much as it can.

The fact that it cannot even release the rules for campaigning because they may be “overtaken by events” is clear demonstration that the Covid-19 spread is still very much not under control.

The obscene rush for an election under such circumstances reveals the PAP’s wanton disregard for the safety and public health of Singaporeans in favour of its own political interests.

To be clear, the party has already started its campaigning even during the Circuit Breaker with some of its MPs out for photo-ops. PM Lee and other ministers are also making political speeches this week and next.

Elections in Singapore have always provided PAP maximum exposure and the opposition minimum reach to the electorate. This GE, widely predicted to be held in July, will make the gap even wider.

To remedy such an unfair process, the SDP calls for the following:

  • Extend the period between the issuing of the Writ of Election and Nomination Day from five to ten days to allow parties to organise our campaigns and make the necessary logistical preparations including safety equipment for volunteers and polling agents. This is especially important if the ELD only announces the election rules following the issuance of the Writ.
  • Provide 21 days for the official campaign period instead of the current nine. This will enable weighty issues that confront our nation to be properly canvassed and debated on air and in print (see points 3, 4 and 5 below).
  • Give all parties access to the Mediacorp TV channels every night, over and above the traditional political broadcasts.
  • Provide all parties access to radio programmes every day.
  • Reserve column space in newspapers for parties to publish our manifestos as well as discuss our ideas/proposals.
  • Allow parties to address residents at food centres, void decks and common areas subject, of course, to safety social distancing rules.

This election, quite unlike others in the past, will require Singaporeans to be even more actively and intensely engaged. To this end, nothing short of an open and meaningful electoral process will do.

The above proposals that the SDP puts forward will enable the conduct of just such an election. To do otherwise risks the PAP being accused of robbing the people of a meaningful exercise to choose those who would govern them.

And there is nothing worse than a nation questioning the mandate of those who claim power in such a momentous period.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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21 Responses to “Singaporeans will Question PAP’s Mandate if GE is Tilted Further in its Favour”

  • Why KS if got 70%?:

    How does the 70% come about?
    What proves its really 70%?

    Why they so KS if they never lost ?
    Why so KS if really has 70%?
    I am not saying there is no 70%.
    I am asking why.

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  • opposition dude:

    Don’t worry, remember what happened in 2011!

    PAP are now pretty scared stiff since they know that the ground isn’t sweet for an election but have to take a gamble since they also assume that this pandemic provides them with a golden opportunity for a strong mandate.

    Sorry ah, your founder cannot be dying every GE hor. You got lucky with 70% once but that doesn’t mean every GE will be 70% hor. We know that your ministers cannot make it one so your vote share will definitely drop. Singaporeans just want to see how many PAP monkeys, turkeys and donkeys get kicked out of parliament after the results are known!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Let’s call this Pandemic General Election a BLIND election.

    PAP is holding voters at RANSOM. Its tagline is “VOTE PAP OR ELSE”.

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  • Great Asia:

    All democracies in the west will fail.

    Singapore, through SDP is chasing after failure.

    Why you have to follow SDP to chase for an ideology that will eventually destroy Singapore.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Interesting:

    This election will be interesting…
    Expect unexpected results….

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  • Soh:

    Lot of the ring.every 5 years

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  • Aware:

    So hard to write campaign rules?

    1. First no Hugh crowds like sdp rallies! N WP rallies!

    2. No Hq gatherings at Blk 320 ave 5 Hougang…..coffee shop safe distancing 6 feet

    3 compulsory attendance at pappy rallies. ………no more than 5 from safe household

    …………the rest you write yourself you are paid $2 million to shake leg, urg?

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  • Be fair:

    Be fair.
    Hope this election will be on better idea to bring Singapore forward.
    lets vote for people who can help Singapore and Singaporean….survive in the new economy and a dignity in Life.

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  • Python 5:

    we can be assured that all constituencies will be contested.

    focus is on PVP, PSP, WP, SDP.

    any other smaller opposition party creating a 3 corner fight will be ignored and they will lose their deposit.

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  • Python 5:

    Interesting:
    This election will be interesting…
    Expect unexpected results….

    define the word “interesting” please.

    let me say this. you can win some more GRCS and SMCs… but its no use simply because you can also lose them in the next GE. what you need is to completely eradicate the PAP from parliament. completely and permanently.

    its like a virus.
    you must eliminate it completely so it doesn’t recover, regroup and regain ground again.

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  • Liars in gov:

    Let the ppl GET SCREWED !!!

    PAP SCREWED THEM WHOLESALE !!!

    THE PPL LIVED IT !!!

    GREAT BUT STUPID ASIA LOVES IT !!!

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  • trublu:

    They dig hard to PILFER A HUUUUUGE SUM OF OUR PAST RESERVES TO PROTECT THE TLCs and others,BY THE WAY?
    THEY HELP PROTECT JOBS OR THEIR TLCs,in TRUTH,i just wondering after pondering??,

    If they TRULY WANT TO PUMP UP THE ECONOMY N FORTITUDIFY THE NATION,THEN WHY IS IT THIS TRUBLU SG UNCLE N MANY OTHERS LIKE HIM ARE GETTING ONLY $700 WHILST NON-CITIZENS ARE GOING TO GET MUCH MUCH MORE FROM OUR,YES OUR,PAST RESERVES we helped accumulate before the PAPple actually blatantly ROB OUR JOBS UNDER BROAD DAYLIGHT N DISH THOSE JOBS TO FAKE FTs they dump here by reasin of FTAs stupidly signed?.?

    Now,THEY want to to call such SQUANDERING NAMESLIKE UNITY,SIDARITY N FORTITUDE?

    HOW SO IS IT SOLIDARITY?
    WHAT IS SIDARITY?
    THE POOR N NEEDY TRUBLU JOBLESS SGS ARE BEING EXCLUDED!
    HOW SO FORTITUDE?
    I FEEL RATHER DISCOURAGED AS TRUBLU SINGAPOREAN!!!

    WIRSE,NOW THEY ARE YRYI G TO SEAL THEIR POWER FIR NEXT 5 YEARS AFTER ROBBING OUR RESERVES LIKE LOOTERS!

    MIGHT AS WELL CALL THIS COMING GE *VOTE PAP OR YOU SURE DIE* GE???

    NO MATTER WHAT,YOU ARE NOT GETTING THIS OLD UNCKE’S SACRED VOTE FOR I FEAR YOU STEAL MORE FROM OUR HARDEARNED RESERVES N HAND ME ANOTHER MISERABLE $700 WHILE GIVING AWAY BIGLY AMOUNTS TO NON-CITIZENS.

    YOU CALL ALL THESE UNITY,SUDARITY N FORTITUDE?

    FARK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!

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  • MarBowling:

    Interesting:
    June 9, 2020 at 11:33 pm (Quote)
    This election will be interesting…
    Expect unexpected results….

    Response: The UNEXPECTED RESULTS AFTERMATH PANDEMIC ERECTION WILL LEAD TO THE FOLLOWING:

    1. Mai hum will open a stall in a Hawker centre in AMK GRC to SELL Mee Siam Mai Hum FOOL oops FULL TIME.
    2. His wifey Holee Jinx will also open a Pasar Malam Stall to SELL Stuffed White Monkey with Rude Extended Middle Finger.
    3. House at 38 Oxtail Road WILL BE FINALLY DEMOLISHED.
    4. The Following PAPIGS World Class Ministers WILL PROCEED TO GO FLY KITE AND FIACK SPIDER or COMMIT HARA-KIRI: $8Cow aka Fart Hou Seah Sump(speak like an Angel but with a heart of a Snake); SnakeMugam; Heng Sweet Cake; DisGraceFool; IndraKnee Jerk; CHICKEN HEN; CCS(Cotton Come from Sheep)aka Bugs Bunny Chan; Son of a Gan; Big Nose Teo; Joker Teo.
    5. Mai Hum himself will PERFORM this Last Resort STUNT: Macham like a Dead Chicken in Rigor Mortis Stage aka Dead Chicken Legs outstretched to PREVENT the cover of Boiling Pot from closing. Meaning he WOULD REFUSE(Like his best friend Trump)to STEP DOWN!
    6. Like his Big Daddy Lee Kayu had mentioned before: CALL AND ACTIVATE THE ARMY!

    Like Simon always say: what do you THINK?

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  • My Soul & Politics:

    There are three principles in a man’s being and life: the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don’t do what I say. For sin is just this: whatever man cannot – due to sin’s very nature – act upon with his whole being. It is possible to silence that conflict in one’s soul, yet it is not possible to uproot it.

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  • AristoCATs - Whatever it Takes:

    The AristoCATs rushed the Erection as Covid-19 response
    mess will get worse.
    -
    No Erection Rally?
    -
    AristoCATs use the “TV Announcement” as their Rally.
    -
    We Remember the Ballot Box!

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  • VTO:

    My fellow democrats – don’t waste your time, the pappies will NEVER listen to you!!! They’re opportunists taking advantage of the current situation to screw the opposition parties. All we need to do is stay united & VTO, especially the 70% that are blinded by them ….. let’s hope the 70% will wake up & take the bold step to VTO!!!

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  • to develop habitual statism:

    //All democracies in the west will fail.

    Singapore, through SDP is chasing after failure.

    Why you have to follow SDP to chase for an ideology that will eventually destroy Singapore.//

    aiyoh. really or not ? so are you ‘alluding’ that white idiots and gang all this while have ‘pretended’ that sinkie land is a ‘democracy’ ??? no ??? yes ????

    a good democracy is built to have the institutional mechanism (all the different independent depts & arms to counter check one another & make the right noise, rectify mistakes and exacting accountability, if necessary) to self correct whereas not-so-democratic system (e.g authoritarian) is built to perpetuate ownself-say-ownself good while no other institution is strong enough to correct it if anything serious turns out bad ????

    what ideology ? you should be more concerned about more than 50 years of ownself-check-ownself white idiotic governance (ideology) ??? any reasonable period (10 years) of rule by anyone or party is good in order to have good enough depth and understanding to garvorn the country BUT not too long that it starts to develop habitual statism ???

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  • Pioneer:

    This coming GE to be conducted during pandemic is serious drawback for the opposition parties, esp the outdoor rallies. Oppos usually attract large crowd at the rallies. So, how they want the oppos rallies to control crowd, safe distancing at the outdoor site ? Are they going to limit the nos. of spectators in the fields ? Papayas still holding on to the electioneering rules for outdoor rallies. Why ?

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  • "70% " is an aberration:

    Why KS if got 70%?:
    How does the 70% come about?
    What proves its really 70%?

    Why they so KS if they never lost ?
    Why so KS if really has 70%?
    I am not saying there is no 70%.
    I am asking why.

    Correct. The 70% is an aberration.

    Actually, it was suppose to go down from 60% in GE2011 to 50% at GE 2015 (that is why 2 SMCs were created for “damage limitation”). But LKY died in early 2015 and many Singaporean stupidly voted for PAP to thank LKY (classic case of Stockholm Syndrome). So instead of going down by 10% to 50% it went up by 10% to 70% (“LKY effect”).

    The “payback” that was suppose to happen in 2015 did not materialize. PAP know the postponed “payback” will likely happen in GE2020. Then COVID-19 pandemic hit Singapore. The PAP will likely use this to its advantage by depriving the opposition parties of sufficient opportunities to meet/convince voters.

    Will the “LKY effect” be replaced the “pandemic effect” or will the “postponed payback” be stronger so support for PAP drops back from 70% in 2015 to 60%. Hopefully, it goes below 50%. This will be a “game changer” because it means the majority of Singapore no longer support the PAP. Then regime change will be in the card.

    More Singaporeans by now should realize THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE (ONLY UPSIDE) TO HAVING MORE OPPOSITION MPS IN PARLIAMENT.

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  • Abberation:

    "70% " is an aberration: Correct. The 70% is an aberration.

    Actually, it was suppose to go down from 60% in GE2011 to 50% at GE 2015 (that is why 2 SMCs were created for “damage limitation”). But LKY died in early 2015 and many Singaporean stupidly voted for PAP to thank LKY (classic case of Stockholm Syndrome). So instead of going down by 10% to 50% it went up by 10% to 70% (“LKY effect”).

    The “payback” that was suppose to happen in 2015 did not materialize. PAP know the postponed “payback” will likely happen in GE2020. Then COVID-19 pandemic hit Singapore. The PAP will likely use this to its advantage by depriving the opposition parties of sufficient opportunities to meet/convince voters.

    Will the “LKY effect” be replaced the “pandemic effect” or will the “postponed payback” be stronger so support for PAP drops back from 70% in 2015 to 60%. Hopefully, it goes below 50%. This will be a “game changer” because it means the majority of Singapore no longer support the PAP. Then regime change will be in the card.

    More Singaporeans by now should realize THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE (ONLY UPSIDE) TO HAVING MORE OPPOSITION MPS IN PARLIAMENT.

    You missed or excluded another POSSIBILITY.

    I MAY NOT SURVIVE IF I TELL YOU WHAT IT IS CLEARLY. YOU HAVE TO THINK A BIT.

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    There was a sudden increase in new citizens recently…

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