The wait is over and the date has been announced. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced 17 August as Nomination Day for the Presidential Election with Polling Day set on 27 August.
With at least 4 Presidential hopefuls this time, this Presidential Election is set to be the most hotly contested in Singapore’s history. Now everyone, including me, fully expects Dr Tony Tan to win the election but there will be a question of how big of a win he will get. 3 of the 4 Presidential hopefuls are former members of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) with only Mr. Tan Jee Say being the sole opposition candidate. Yes, I know the candidates are not supposed to have any party affiliations but everyone who see Dr Tony Tan is going to think PAP.
Frankly, that’s a problem. Right now, there are 3 different PAP candidates in the election and 2 of them were in Parliament on a PAP ticket. There had been murmuring about how the PAP votes are going to be spilt between the 3 candidates and I don’t think that’s idle talk. Dr Tony Tan is still the overwhelming favourite but I’ll be very surprised if he get an overwhelming victory margin.