The Straits Times
Published on Jan 15, 2013

SDP pulls out of Punggol East by-election in surprise turn of events


In a surprise turn of events, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) announced on Tuesday that it will not be contesting the Punggol East by-election.

Secretary-general Chee Soon Juan made the announcement at a press conference at the party headquarters, one day before Nomination Day.

As recently as Monday night, Dr Chee had indicated the party would contest when he told reporters that the SDP had decided on which candidate to field.

An SDP member also collected a political donation certificate earlier on Tuesday. Party activists have also been distributing flyers in Punggol East every night since the writ of election was issued last Wednesday.