2 NCMP Seats Offered to Losing Team in West Coast GRC, Which Means Nicole Seah Isn’t Going to Parliament

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If you’re a huge fan of the Workers’ Party’s Nicole Seah, you would probably be disappointed to find out that her party didn’t win the seats for East Coast GRC.

Image: Giphy

It’s okay! She might be offered the chance to become a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, right?

You come to that conclusion after watching this video we’ve done, whereby we simplify what the NCMP scheme is all about:

Well, I hate to break it to you but you’re going to be even more disappointed because, for this next term, she will not be offered the opportunity to serve us as an NCMP.

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Instead, the two NCMP seats will be offered to the losing Progress Singapore Party (PSP) candidates of West Coast GRC.

But why them?

Well, it’s because they are the ones with the highest percentage of votes amongst all the losers of this year’s General Election.

Yes, the fight in East Coast GRC was close, but the one in West Coast GRC is even closer.

And this year, only 2 seats in the NCMP are available, which means only one GRC is selected.

West Coast GRC

Image: Facebook (West Coast GRC)

If you have been up-to-date with the results, you would have known that it was a very close fight between the two contesting parties.

If you don’t know, you can take a look at our ultimate guide that has been specially summarised and simplified just for you.

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PAP candidates S Iswaran, Desmond Lee, Foo Mee Har, Rachel Ong, and Ang Wei Neng went against PSP candidates Tan Cheng Bock, Hazel Poa, Nadarajah Loganathan, Jeffrey Khoo, and Leong Mun Wai, and narrowly emerged victorious with a total percentage vote of 51.69%.


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PSP lost by a slight 3.38% margin and garnered only 48.31% of the votes.

Image: PSP

Prior to the results being released, Dr Tan did mention during his political campaigning that he will not be taking up the NCMP seat if he was offered one. Of course, if his members were interested in the seat, they could take it.

Image: PSP

NCMP

In case you didn’t know, the NCMP was a scheme that was introduced in 1984 to ensure that opposition voices would be heard in parliament in case the number of opposition candidates elected was fewer than the minimum.

In the beginning, only three NCMP seats were offered to the opposition party. However, this was later revised and nine seats were offered in 2010.

So you go to social media and it appears that everyone is agreeing with your views. Watch this video to the end and you’d realise that there’s a disturbing reason behind this:

This number was once again revised and the number of seats increased to 12 in 2016. The Constitution was also amended such that NCMPS now have the same voting rights as elected MPs.

So bringing it back to the context of this year’s General Election, since the WP managed to elect 10 MPs this time after winning the seats in Aljunied GRC, the newly formed Sengkang GRC, as well as Hougang SMC, two NCMP seats will be offered.

Who do you think will take up the opportunity to become an NCMP?


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Reader Bao: Nicole Seah, of course

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