Five political parties collect donation certificates at ELD

Five political parties have turned up at the Elections Department on Tuesday to collect political donation certifications, setting the stage for a five-cornered fight at Punggol East.

Workers' Party (WP) MP Png Eng Huat was spotted this morning collecting a certificate for the party's candidate Lee Li Lian, who contested in Punggol East in the 2011 general election.

The certificates are a prerequisite for standing in an election.

Shortly after, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) treasurer Gerald Sng turned up to collect a certificate. He did not reveal who the certificate was for.

The SDP has so far kept mum on who they are fielding although they are expected to reveal the candidate today.

A representative from the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) dropped in at 11.30am to collect certificates and at noon, the People's Action Party (PAP) MP Alex Yam was seen at the Prinsep Street building doing the same.

The SDA unveiled its secretary-general Desmond Lim, who also contested in the ward in the 2011 hustings, as its candidate in a press release early on Tuesday morning.

The PAP had introduced its candidate, surgeon Koh Poh Koon, last week.

At 12.25pm, a friend of Reform Party (RP) secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Mr David Tan, turned up to collect a certificate on his behalf.

It is understood that two independents, Ooi Boon Ewe and Zeng Guoyan, collected their certificates yesterday.