PAP cadres elect party leaders

The members of the People's Action Party's new Central Executive Committee. -- PHOTO: PEOPLE'S ACTION PARTY/FACEBOOK
The members of the People's Action Party's new Central Executive Committee. -- PHOTO: PEOPLE'S ACTION PARTY/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Cadres of the People's Action Party (PAP) on Sunday morning elected the central executive committee that will lead them for the next two years, as the party gears up for the next General Election.

The 12 nominees with the highest number of votes, picked from a shortlist of 19, will be part of the PAP's highest decision-making body for a two-year term.

The list remains largely the same, with the exception of Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who is now part of the top 12.

He received either the 13th- or 14th-highest vote in 2012, and was later co-opted, according to party practice.

The other CEC members are, in no particular order of the votes they got: Party secretary-general Lee Hsien Loong, Party chairman Khaw Boon Wan, vice chairman Yaacob Ibrahim, first and second assistant secretary-generals Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, treasurer Lim Swee Say, assistant treasurer K Shanmugam, and members Mr Chan Chun Sing, Ms Grace Fu, Mr Gan Kim Yong, and Mr Heng Swee Keat.

Mdm Halimah Yacob and Mr Ng Eng Hen received the 13th- and 14th-highest votes and were co-opted into the CEC.

No more than six members can be co-opted to form an 18-member CEC. The Straits Times understands that other nominees include Community, Culture and Youth minister Lawrence Wong, Transport minister Lui Tuck Yew, Environment and Water Resources minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah and Central Singapore district mayor Denise Phua.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will also address the cadres and other party members at the party's 60th anniversary rally today.