The Workers’ Party (WP) is calling on members of the public to sign up as volunteers in preparation of the next General Election (GE), which may be held as early as next month.
Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Gerald Giam in a Facebook post on Wednesday (10 June) said that WP will be requiring “a massive number of volunteers to help with everything from manning polling agent posts to helping our candidates during house-to-house visits”.
“There is a part for everyone who has a heart for Singapore and an eye on our future,” he said, including those who have never volunteered with a political party before.
Individuals keen on signing up as a volunteer for WP may do so here.
While the next GE must be held by 14 April next year, recent comments by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing have hinted at a possible election during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite objections from opposition parties and segments of the public based on health and safety concerns.
Workers’ Party and Singapore Democratic Party have asked for clarity in the election campaign rules and fair access to electorate in the coming GE in light of the ongoing social-distancing measures for COVID-19.
ELD said that it will “share the guidelines with political parties and candidates” as soon as it has “some clarity”.
“Certainly it will not be later than the day of the Writ (of Election), so that will still give enough time for candidates and political parties to plan their campaigning strategies,” it said, adding that this would be the “worst case scenario”.
Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said last month that ELD cannot “prematurely” announce the rules and regulations relating to the next GE as these may be “overtaken by events”.
Based on the last few elections, the opposition parties and candidates had around a week to prepare after the dissolution of Parliament before Nomination Day. The nine days of campaigning typically followed suit until Polling Day.