GE2020: Two PSP candidates from West Coast GRC team to be offered NCMP seats

Two Progress Singapore Party candidates in West Coast GRC will be offered seats in Parliament as Non-Constituency MPs.
Two Progress Singapore Party candidates in West Coast GRC will be offered seats in Parliament as Non-Constituency MPs.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Two Progress Singapore Party (PSP) candidates in West Coast GRC will be offered seats in Parliament as Non-Constituency MPs, as the "best losers" of the 2020 General Election.

The five-member team lost the GRC to the PAP team led by Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran and Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee with the smallest margin of 3.38 percentage points.

The PAP team retained the GRC with 51.7 per cent of the vote, while the PSP team secured 48.3 per cent of the vote.

The PSP team in West Coast GRC comprises Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Ms Hazel Poa, Mr Leong Mun Wai, Mr Jeffrey Khoo and Mr Nadarajah Loganathan.

However, Dr Tan had earlier said during the campaign period that he would decline an NCMP seat if he was offered one, although other party members could take it up if they wished.

Meanwhile, the Workers' Party retained the five-member Aljunied GRC and single-seat constituency Hougang, and won the four-member Sengkang GRC, thus getting 10 of its members elected into Parliament.

To ensure that the new Parliament has at least 12 opposition MPs, two NCMP seats will be offered to the "best losers" of GE2020.

The maximum number of NCMPs was increased from nine to 12 after amendments to the Constitution were made in 2016, which also gave NCMPs the same voting rights as elected MPs.

Under the scheme, which was introduced in 1984, the losing opposition candidates with the highest percentage of votes will be offered seats in Parliament, should the number of opposition candidates elected fall short of the minimum number.