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Singapore GE2020: Contest heats up in East Coast GRC

Jul 04, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
The People's Action Party and Workers' Party are clashing in East Coast for the fourth time, and - as in past polls - the contest is shaping up to be one to watch.

In a Nomination Day surprise, Mr Heng, 59, filed his papers for the PAP's East Coast GRC team, in a tactical move aimed at ensuring the party strengthens its support there.

For the July 10 election, the PAP's East Coast GRC team includes Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Maliki Osman, 54; three-term backbencher Jessica Tan, 54; one-term Fengshan MP Cheryl Chan, 44, whose single seat has been absorbed into the GRC; as well as Mr Tan Kiat How.

The PAP team won 54.8 per cent of the vote in a tough fight, with East Coast the worst-performing GRC won by the party that year.

"My sense is that the fence-sitting voters in East Coast will be split between the PAP and WP," said Dr Mustafa Izzuddin, a senior international affairs analyst for management consultancy firm Solaris Strategies Singapore.