Singapore GE2020: Workers' Party announces it will contest 4 GRCs and 2 SMCs

Party chief Pritam Singh (second from left) and Ms Sylvia Lim (third from left) with new candidates Mr Louis Chua Kheng Wee (left) and Mr Muhammad Azhar Abdul Latip. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) will be contesting four group representation constituencies (GRC) and two single-member constituencies (SMC) in the July 10 general election.

They will defend their seats in Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC, and field candidates to contest Marine Parade GRC, Sengkang GRC, East Coast GRC and Punggol West SMC.

Party chief Pritam Singh announced this at a virtual press conference on Thursday (June 25), where the party introduced two new candidates.

The two first-time candidates are research analyst at an investment bank Louis Chua Kheng Wee, 33, and Mr Muhammad Azhar Abdul Latip, 34, a gig economy worker.

They also introduced two candidates that had contested previous elections.

One was Ms Nicole Seah, 33, an associate director in a multinational marketing firm who has been volunteering with the WP since 2015. She was a National Solidarity Party candidate in the 2011 election.

The final candidate introduced was education entrepreneur Yee Jenn Jong, 55, who had been a NCMP from 2011 to 2015.

Asked why the WP was contesting fewer seats this time - 21 compared with 28 in 2015, Mr Singh said the WP has fielded the best candidates that the party could find.

"We want them to represent Singapore, and to represent (Singaporeans) well," he said.

"Of course, we can consider fielding more seats," he said, but added: "It's important to focus our efforts and ensure that the candidates that we put forward can do well for the Workers' Party."

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The WP contested 10 constituencies in 2015, fielding 28 candidates. It was their largest slate of candidates since 1988.

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