Opposition candidates failed in bid for Tanjong Pagar

Singapore - A group of opposition members failed in their bid to contest the elections at Tanjong Pagar GRC because they did not submit their documents on time.

Replying to media queries, a government statement said: "A group of aspiring candidates turned up at the Nomination Centre at Singapore Chinese Girls' School but they did not deliver their nomination papers with the necessary documentation on time.

Socialist Front leader Ng Teck Siong (pictured above) was seen leading his team at Singapore Chinese Girls' School today. But word got round that the group had missed the deadline for submission of nomination papers.

The government statement released tonight reiterated the rules spelt out in Section 29 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, which state that "every nomination paper and the GRC certificates shall be delivered to the Returning Officer in duplicate and in person, by the person or persons seeking nomination accompanied by his or their proposer, seconder and at least 4 assentors between 11am and 12 noon (both times inclusive) on Nomination Day."

"The Act also says that if not so delivered, the papers shall be rejected," said the statement.

With the disqualification of the Socialist Front group , the contest for Tanjong Pagar GRC became a walkover by the People's Action Party team led by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

It became the only constituency that is uncontested this General Election.

Earlier this week, the Socialist Front had said it needed funds to contest Tanjong Pagar. Money poured in after supporters made online donation appeals. It is not known whether the party had received enough funds before the nomination deadline.