When this post appeared, people in Singapore started to make their way to NTUC FairPrice.
After all, since April, whenever he went up to the podium, it hadn’t been good news.
Thankfully, this time, it’s not something we’ve not expected.
Instead, he’s telling us that the General Elections are on the way—something we’ve all expected.
Everything About PM Lee’s Sudden Talk That Has People Worried But It’s About Elections Instead
PM Lee started by telling us immediately that he has spoken to President Halimah Yacob earlier today, to advise her to dissolve the parliament and issue the writ of election—which means elections are definitely coming.
He then spoke on the reason for calling the elections now, when COVID-19 is still ongoing.
He talked about COVID-19, and how it has affected us drastically, from health to economy – something that we’ve been hearing if you’ve subscribed to a new Video-on-Demand called National Broadcast, which just has its finale two days ago.
But of course, why have the elections now?
For a start, the elections have to be conducted before April next year.
It’s unknown if COVID-19 would have ended by then, so an election now would allow the “new” Government would be able to tackle the problem head-on.
Safety is the priority, and PM Lee is satisfied that the authorities can allow the elections to go on safely with safe-distancing management.
After all, countries like South Korea had gone through an election in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Our PM in pink then echoed what the Elections Department has said—everything from what needs to be done and whatnot. You can read more about the safe-distancing management measures during elections here.
While parliament is dissolved, the cabinet would still work, and the multi-ministry task force tackling COVID-19 will continue the fight against COVID-19, so you’d still see Lawrence Wong on TV.
PM Lee then said that he’s confident we would vote wisely…and then he said kthxbye.
Yes, the speech lasted for less than 15 minutes. The time we spent being nervous is much longer than his speech.
You can watch his speech here:
Timeline of Election
So, what’s coming next, now that parliament will be dissolved and writ of election issued?
During the next few days, potential candidates like Shirwin Eu or Han Han Han—I mean, Hui Hui Hui—can collect their nomination papers and prepare for the next day: Nomination Day.
The Nomination Day for this election will be on 30 June 2020.
On nomination day, prospective candidates would hand in their papers and let others inspect. If all things go well, they can then talk to their supporters—it’s usually a day filled with lots of actions and plot twists, like a candidate writing his name wrongly and got disqualified.
It’s after this day that candidates can start campaigning, and this will be at least 9 days and 1 Cooling-Off Day.
And finally, we’d reach polling day: the day that’s supposed to be a public holiday.
The other dates aren’t confirmed yet, but you’d know them very, very soon.
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