Constitutional Commission on elected presidency: Workers' Party's submission

Sylvia Lim, Workers’ Party chairman.
Sylvia Lim, Workers’ Party chairman.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) reiterated its longstanding position for the elected presidency to be abolished.

It said the president should be appointed because an elected president undermines parliamentary democracy; could potentially "cripple" a non-People's Action Party government in its first term; and become an alternate power centre that causes gridlock.

The WP was invited to speak at the Constitutional Commission hearings but declined to do so. It said that its MPS were intending to debate the matter fully in Parliament when the Constitutional Amendment Bill comes up in the House.

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