Saturday, 27 August 2011

Walkover is no more relevant to Singapore politics, be it General Election or Presidential Election



2011 is a wonderful year for Singapore politics.  It has kicked out the dirty word of walkover and finally voters in Tanjong Pagar have the chance to cast their votes today.

Full contest is common and walkover is unusual.  This is the norm.  However, this is not the case for Singapore.  Since independence, the PAP government has been very proud of the walkover achievement. 

In almost all the past elections before 2011, they have laughed at the oppositions not being able to produce quality candidates to contest all the parliament seats, as well as securing the certificate of eligibility for Presidential Election.

It will be hard to imagine there will be walkover in any future election, GE or PE.  And to win the election, more qualified candidates have to step forward, either from the pro- or anti-establishment camp.

It is a very good sign for Singapore democracy which has become more matured, responsive and participated.  It now involves the whole voting population.

If there is an election, there is a hope.  More candidates are willing to stand in elections despite of some unfavourable election rules and systems, like GRC, COE, NTUC, boundary changes, PA, RC, CCC etc. Even the system may not be fair to all, but this year GE and PE have proved that there is chance for non-establishment candidates to win.  Yes, there is a possibility to win against the establishment candidates.

The breakthrough in a GRC for Workers’ Party and getting a COE for Presidential Election are major achievements for Singapore, not only for the oppositions.

Congratulation Singapore, we are back to normal. Congratulation to Singapore voters who have finally realised they have the right to vote and vote for some one they like.

We have entered the politics of diversification but not necessary a divided country.  Only the PAP that is used to monopoly will think diversification is bad for the country. 

Let respect the decisions of the voters. 

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