Chee Soon Juan, secretary general of the Singapore Democratic Party, visits the nomination center on June 30 ahead of this month's general election. (Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP)
Singapore’s nine-day general election campaign officially started on June 30 with candidate nominations, but this year’s election amid Covid-19 restrictions will be like no other that the city state has experienced in its six-decade history.
Observers, however, expect its outcome to be like the previous 12 national polls: the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) will romp home with a thumping majority in the July 10 election.
Since the first election in 1959, when Singapore was a crown colony of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s PAP has dominated politics. Since then, the PAP has been the only party to form a government.
The surprise this year came from Loong’s estranged brother Lee Hsien Yang, who has emerged as a dark horse to boost the morale of the opposition camp.