PM Lee: Electoral Boundaries Review Committee yet to be set up

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong talking to commuters on his way to Ang Mo Kio MRT station on May 4, 2011. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong talking to commuters on his way to Ang Mo Kio MRT station on May 4, 2011. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Addressing fevered speculation about the timing of the next General Election, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee, which sets the boundaries for each election in the first sign of an upcoming GE, has yet to be set up.

"We are now busy planning the SG50 celebrations, so we haven't had time to think about when it will be set up," he said in an interview this week with local media. "When we set it up, everyone will know."

Mr Lee would also not be drawn on potential changes to the compositions of GRCs and single-member constituencies (SMCs), but said he was "satisfied" with the decision in the last GE to reduce the average number of members in each GRC and to add more SMCs.

He also said the People's Action Party is likely to field around the same number of new candidates as in the last two elections, each of which saw the introduction of 24 fresh faces.

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