SINGAPORE: Campaigning for Singapore's Jul 10 General Election is now under way after Nomination Day submissions ended with all 31 constituencies being contested.
Candidates submitted their nomination papers at one of nine schools assigned as nomination centres before noon on Tuesday (Jun 30).
With GE2020 taking place amid the COVID-19 outbreak, supporters were not allowed into the nomination centres this year. The Returning Officer only allowed the candidates, their subscribers and members of the media into the centres, where they adhered to safe distancing measures.
Nomination Day threw up a few surprises, with Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat leaving Tampines GRC to head the slate at East Coast GRC, while Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee moved to West Coast GRC from Jurong GRC.
Among opposition candidates, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Paul Tambyah will square off in Bukit Panjang SMC against the People's Action Party's (PAP) Liang Eng Hwa; while SDP's Chee Soon Juan will return to Bukit Batok SMC to contest the seat where he lost a by-election in 2016.
Pasir Ris-Punggol is the only GRC that will see a three-cornered fight, involving PAP, Singapore Democratic Alliance and the Peoples Voice.
In all, 192 candidates from 11 parties will contest the 13th General Election since independence.
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