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SDP collects three sets of nomination forms for Punggol East by-election

Published on Jan 10, 2013 4:01 PM
 
Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Jufrie Mahmood (left) and SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan at a press conference on the party's involvement in a possible by-election in Punggol East SMC. Party chairman Mohamed Jufrie Mahmood collected three sets of nomination papers from the Elections Department on Jan 10, 2013. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO

The Singapore Democratic Party(SDP) collected three sets of nomination papers from the Elections Department this afternoon.

Party chairman Mohamed Jufrie Mahmood was spotted entering the the Elections department building on Prinsep Street just before noon with another SDP member. They emerged 20 minutes later with three thick brown envelopes containing complete sets of nomination papers.

When asked who the three sets were for and whether it meant that the SDP had three possible candidates, Mr Jufrie smiled and said that the SDP will announce its candidates in due course. The party is thought to be considering between fielding infectious disease expert Paul Tambyah, party treasurer Vincent Wijeysingha and psychiatrist Ang Yong Guan.

He added that he was hopeful that the party can avoid a multi-cornered fight in the ward.

Private tutor Ooi Boon Ewe also turned up in the morning to pick up nomination papers, saying he intends to run.

The 71-year-old also tried to run in 2011 Presidential Election and contest the Sengkang West ward in the General Election. His application for a Certificate of Eligibility was turned down in the Presidential Election and he did not submit his forms in the General Election after failing to secure enough assenters.