Singapore Democratic Party to launch election campaign on Jan 10 as it expects polls in 2015

SINGAPORE - Anticipating that the general election will be held next year, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) announced on Friday that it will launch its campaign for the polls on Jan 10 next year.

It explained its announcement and the planned launch of its campaign in a statement on its website.

It said that it was doing so as an election is "widely anticipated to be held at the end of next year".

It added that depending on circumstances, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong "may call for one as early as the second quarter of 2015".

"It is, therefore, not early at all for the SDP to step up our campaign and prepare ourselves for the much anticipated contest," said the statement.

"If we wait until elections are announced before we start increasing the tempo, it will be too late and we will have lost the battle."

The next General Election must be held by January 2017.

The SDP said that it will present its strategy and campaign activities, as well as its vision and direction for Singapore, at the Jan 10 launch of its campaign.

Calling on supporters to take part in the event, the party said it had been "hard at work conducting (its) ground campaign and drawing up (its) alternative policies".

"We are now at the stage where we need to effectively communicate our policies and what we want to do for the country to our voters," said the statement.

Singaporeans can share their views and get involved in the campaign at the launch, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Atrium in Outram, it added.

According to the SDP's Facebook page, party members have been visiting residents in Sembawang GRC and the Bukit Panjang single member constituency in the past two months.

charyong@sph.com.sg