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Daily Archives: 2015-09-19

SDP sets its sights on fundamental barriers to democracy

Following the disappointment of last week’s general election result, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has once again “nailed its colours” to the democratic cause, reiterating the party’s long-held stance that political rights are necessary before democracy can truly be achieved in the city-state. While the party had considered numerous factors for the 2015 election result – from the effects of Lee …

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Why should S’pore’s Prime Minister be Chinese?

By Kirsten Han Talk of the "rising star" of Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has raised the old question of whether Singapore is ready for a non-Chinese Prime Minister. But why shouldn't Singapore be ready? If Chee Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party captured people’s attention during the general election period, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam …

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PAP landslide not a clearcut vote for authoritarianism

  By Yeoh Lam Keong Several analyses and observers on both sides of the political spectrum have recently argued or suggested that the 70 per cent vote for the PAP is a vote for authoritarianism over democracy, at least in parliament. I disagree. First, most Singaporeans are primarily concerned with economic and political security. With the current environment so uncertain, …

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How accurate is the GE sample vote count ?

By Ngiam Shih Tung The Elections Department released early indications of polling results for the first time during the 2015 General Election by publicly announcing the result of sampling checks within two hours of the close of polls. Sampling checks have been carried out since 2001 or earlier, but the results were not made known to all candidates or the …

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