SINGAPORE - The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has unveiled two candidates for the coming polls, party treasurer Chong Wai Fung, 45, and accounts manager Khung Wai Yeen, 34.
Though other parties have previously confirmed their line-ups for certain seats, the SDP is the first to begin formal introductions - holding their event just an hour after the Writ of Election was issued on Tuesday.
The party intends to field 11 candidates in the coming Sept 11 polls. It will be contesting in Holland-Bukit Timah and Marsiling-Yew Tee GRCs, and the single-seat wards of Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok and Yuhua.
The SDP, which launched its campaign in January, has said that it would champion issues relating to the cost of living, the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Minimum Sum, as well as the country's growing population.
The coming polls will also be the first that party chief Chee Soon Juan is set to contest since 2001. He was unable to run in 2006 and 2011 as he was declared bankrupt after failing to pay $500,000 in damages for defaming then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong during the 2001 General Election. He was cleared of bankruptcy in 2012.
Dr Chee did not reveal on Tuesday where he intends to contest, nor did he say where the two new faces would be fielded.
Ms Chong works as the administrator of Ren Ci Nursing Home (Moulmein). She has a Master of Public Health, specialising in Clinical Epidemiology from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide. Mr Khung, an accounts manager in a multinational company, was formerly an Engineering Naval Specialist in the Singapore Navy.