Ensure proper town council handover

In this election, there has been a lot of debate on town council management and accounts.

Voters were confused, going into the election season, and hoped to get some clarification, but became even more confused after hearing the arguments from both sides.

To avoid a repeat of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council saga, perhaps the Government could legislate a proper procedure on how town councils should be handed over in the event of a change of political party overseeing a particular town council.

Management agents should not have affiliation to political parties and should not be allowed to resign just because there is a change in MP for the constituency.

If they do resign, they should hand over all computers and data so that there will be a smooth transition and proper accountability.

Yeo Chee Kean

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2015, with the headline 'Ensure proper town council handover'. Print Edition | Subscribe