SINGAPORE: The Returning Officer has declared The Workers' Party's Dr Daniel Goh as the candidate elected as a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, the Elections Department (ELD) announced on Thursday (Feb 4).
As six Opposition MPs were elected to Parliament in the 2015 General Election, three candidates who received the highest percentage of votes among the unelected candidates from the Opposition parties were declared elected as NCMPs, said ELD.
They were Ms Lee Li Lian, who contested in Punggol East SMC, Mr Dennis Tan, who contested in Fengshan SMC and Mr Leon Perera, who was part of the team contesting in East Coast GRC. However, Ms Lee then indicated that she would not be taking up the position.
On Jan 29, 2016, Parliament by resolution declared Ms Lee Li Lian's NCMP seat vacant, and resolved that the seat be filled. ELD said the Returning Officer received a response from The Workers' Party on Thursday on their decision to nominate Dr Goh to be elected as NCMP.
IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO BE ELECTED: DANIEL GOH
In a Facebook post, Dr Goh said: "It is my privilege to be elected as NCMP and to serve my country in Parliament."
"I know this is a grave responsibility and I will give it my best in the coming years," Dr Goh wrote. "I love Singapore and want this nation to last for our children, to be a 'shining red dot', as our Prime Minister puts it, for generations to come."