Three single seat wards will see 3-cornered contests.
At the close of nominations on Tuesday (Sep 1), the candidates who have been confirmed to contest Bukit Batok Single Member Constituency (SMC) are Mr David Ong, 54, of the PAP; Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Sadasivam Veriyah, 63, a former teacher; and independent candidate Samir Salim Neji, a 45-year-old businessman.
At MacPherson SMC, PAP incumbent Ms Tin Pei Ling will also face a three-way battle in her first solo contest. Her ward of MacPherson has been newly carved out from Marine Parade GRC.
Ms Tin, 31, will face off against Mr Bernard Chen, 29, of the Workers’ Party (WP) and political veteran Mr Cheo Chai Chen of the National Solidarity Party.
At Radin Mas SMC, the PAP’s Mr Sam Tan – a veteran of two GEs – will face off against the Reform Party’s Kumar Appavoo, 46, and independent candidate Ms Han Hui Hui, a blogger.
You might think that with a three-cornered contest, the ruling PAP would have an upper hand. But the most recent example showed otherwise.
In the 2013 by-election in Punggol East SMC, WP’s Lee Li Lian won the four-horse race with 54.5 per cent of the vote.
However, there is a high chance that one of the candidates will have to forfeit the election deposit which this year stands at $14,500.
We are looking at you Han Hui Hui.