Workers' Party (WP) holds elections for who will take it into the next general election

MP-elect Lee Li Lian, Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang, chairman Sylvia Lim, and other WP MPs waving to Punggol East residents during the party’s thank-you parade around the Punggol East ward. The Workers' Party (WP) on Sunday, July 2
MP-elect Lee Li Lian, Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang, chairman Sylvia Lim, and other WP MPs waving to Punggol East residents during the party’s thank-you parade around the Punggol East ward. The Workers' Party (WP) on Sunday, July 27 held elections for its top decision-making body that will take the party into the next general election. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) on Sunday held elections for its top decision-making body that will take the party into the next general election.

The party's top leadership remains unchanged, with Mr Low Thia Khiang and fellow Aljunied GRC MP Sylvia Lim keeping their respective secretary-general and chairman posts.

The party's seven other MPs and Non-constituency MPs also made it into the central executive council (CEC).

Six current council members, though, failed to be re-elected. They include deputy treasurer Frieda Chan, organising secretary Ng Swee Bee, organising secretary Toh Hong Boon, vice-chair of media team Jane Leong, webmaster Koh Choong Yong, and council member Glenda Han.

They will be replaced by newcomer L Somasundaram, a polytechnic lecturer who contested in Moulmein-Kallang GRC in 2011, and former CEC member, John Yam.

The other two members elected into the CEC are sociologist Daniel Goh and lawyer Dennis Tan, who were co-opted into the council last year.

The new CEC has 14 members, four fewer than the last one.

Ms Lim, speaking to reporters after the election, said it had been "fiercely contested" with many people putting themselves up for selection.

She added: "In the main, there is continuity, I would say, with just the addition of one CEC member who was in the CEC before and got elected again, and one new member Somasundaram. It gives me confidence."

The CEC has a two-year term and is expected to be the one leading the party into the next General Election, that has to be called by Jan 2017.