Breaking News: Straight fight between PAP’s Desmond Choo and WP’s Png Eng Huat in Hougang by-election
Posted by temasektimes on May 16, 2012
Despite the possibility of having a multi-cornered fight in Hougang with WP member Dr Poh Lee Guan and ex-member Zeng Guoyuan collecting their political donation certificates yesterday, it will be a straight fight between the PAP and WP’s chosen candidates in the Hougang by-election.
Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee has declared Png Eng Huat of the Workers’ Party and Desmond Choo of the People’s Action Party as candidates for Hougang by-election on 26 May.
Acupuncturist Zeng Guoyuan was reportedly ‘disqualified’ with no proposal and seconder, on top of his conviction of verbally abusing a public servant in 2008.
“People want somebody who is independent. By coming in, I know who I stand for. I won’t be stopped next time,” he said in response to queries from Yahoo News.
However, at 12.19pm, an officer from the Elections Department clarified with The Straits Times that Mr Zeng had not been disqualified. He did not even file his papers. and hence technically, it cannot be called a disqualification
Another possible candidate, WP member Poh Lee Guan did not turn up at the nomination centre. He told reporters at a block near the nomination centre that he wanted to be a “backup” and he did not inform his party because he was ‘busy’ with his lectures.
The seat of Hougang fell vacant after its former WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked by the party for his failure to address swirling rumors around his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple married women, including two key female leaders of the party who contest in the General Election last year.
Many political pundits such as Derek Da Cunha and Eugene Tan have written off the chances of the PAP, with Yahoo News proclaiming an ‘easy victory’ for WP’s candidate Png Eng Huat.
The Elections Department said there are 23,368 eligible voters in the by-election for the single-seat constituency of Hougang.
There will also be overseas voting. A total of 43 overseas Singaporeans will vote in eight cities, such as Canberra, San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
*Photo: PAP supporters at nomination center, source: Young PAP Facebook
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