GE 2015: Party candidates moving out to nomination centres

People's Action Party MP Charles Chong.
People's Action Party MP Charles Chong.
WP's Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and Pritam Singh heading to the nomination centre.
WP's Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and Pritam Singh heading to the nomination centre.
Some PAP candidates including Khaw Boon Wan (right) heading to the nomination centre.
Some PAP candidates including Khaw Boon Wan (right) heading to the nomination centre.
The Reform Party candidates including Mr Roy Ngerng (left).
The Reform Party candidates including Mr Roy Ngerng (left).
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SINGAPORE - Candidates for the 2015 General Election have gathered at their respective meeting points on Tuesday (Sept 1) morning, with many en route to the various nomination centres.

People's Action Party MP Charles Chong, who is expected to contest Punggol East SMC, met a minor hiccup when his bus failed to start. He had to switch to another bus.

More than 20 of his supporters had gathered at Rivervale Drive by about 8.20am, where they had a breakfast of porridge, buns, coffee and tea.

Asked about how he was feeling, Mr Chong said with a smile: "Let's put it this way: I've been through this process a few times."

As for his chances, he said: "The voters will decide."

Mr Chong is likely to square off against incumbent Lee Li Lian from the Workers' Party, who arrived at the Kaki Bukit Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council office at around 8.50am.

Fellow WP candidate Gerald Giam, who is expected to contest in East Coast GRC, all but confirmed where he would be running. He told reporters: " I think you know where I'm going."

WP secretary-general Low Thia Khiang walked into the Kaki Bukit office at about 9am without fanfare.

Mr Low and his fellow Aljunied GRC MPs Sylvia Lim, Chen Show Mao, Pritam Singh and Faisal Manap boarded a bus for the nomination centre at Raffles Institution at about 9.25am.

Elsewhere, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was welcomed by some 80 supporters singing the Marine Parade song when he arrived at the Marine Parade PAP branch.

At the PAP Sembawang branch office, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan and MP Lim Wee Kiak gave the nomination papers another check.

On his team's chances, Mr Khaw said: "We've been here many years. Especially over the last five years, we worked out a masterplan with residents. Now we have another five years of exciting, practical plans that we've worked out with residents. We're keen to convert these plans into reality."

The Reform Party candidates for Ang Mo Kio GRC met at the Coffee Bean at Junction 8 shopping mall, before heading for breakfast at a Bishan Coffee shop.

Asked how he felt, Mr Roy Ngerng said they are just trying to stay refreshed. "Was making sure everything was in order last night," he said.

The PAP team for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC met their supporters after 9am.

Former Chief of Defence Ng Chee Meng, who is one of two new faces on the team along with Ms Sun Xueling, said: "I'm excited, raring to go. This is the first step in the journey towards service. We feel confident."