The Singapore Democratic Party has announced that it may take the government to court to force a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.
This follows the announcement that Madam Halimah Yacob will be stepping down from her role as member of parliament for the GRC to stand in the upcoming Presidential Elections.
In a press statement released on their website, the SDP explained that the GRC system was introduced in 1988 for the purpose of ensuring multiracial representation in parliament, which is why GRC teams must have at least one member from a minority community in their team.
According to the SDP, Madam Halimah’s stepping down from her seat in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC “runs counter to the essence of the GRC system both in letter and spirit”. The SDP is demanding a by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee on this basis.
The SDP is also accusing the PAP of having its cake and trying to eat it too. It states that removing Madam Halimah from her role of MP so that she can stand for the Presidential Elections is a ploy to “maximise its electoral chances for another office”.
In February this year, Minister without portfolio in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing had announced that there would be no need for a by-election if Madam Halimah steps down from her post.