The Singapore Elections Department under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be spending up to S$30 million on logistic alone. The lucrative logistic tender was issued on the 6th of May and will be closed for submission on the 9th of June.
From 9th of June onward, the submissions for the tender will be valid for only 6 months. This has since fueled speculations in the mainstream media that the next General Elections will be happening this year in 2015.
However, based on official figures, the latest the next GE could be called for is in January 2017. The Elections Department has also clarified that the tender call up is only a “routine work” and dismisses speculations when will the elections happen.
There will most likely be an increase in the number of polling stations from 732 in 2011, to 850 this election. This is most probably attributed to the ruling party PAP’s electoral strategy to cut its losses by increasing the number of Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) to cushion potential defeats from Group Representative Constituencies (GRCs). In the last general election, the PAP lost Aljunied GRC, and subsequently lost 2 by-elections to the Workers’ Party by a substantial margin. The PAP Government, through the Ministry of National Development, has since began withholding town council funding to the Workers’ Party Town Council citing “worries over finances” even when the Attorney General Officer found no fault in an independent audit.
If Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for an early elections in 2015, it will be apparent that he shall capitalize on his popular father’s recent death to shore up his ailing political profile. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been on the receiving end of his policies which have bred much disapproval from Singaporeans. However, even though his father Lee Kuan Yew was controversial, at least the senior weld much respect from many in the opposition camp.
Do you think Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is insecure about his re-election?