Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Why there should be no by-election in Jurong GRC...

..why? Go by law lor....


Writ of election24. ¡ยช

  • (1) For the purposes of every general election of Members of Parliament, and for the purposes of the election of Members to supply vacancies caused by death, resignation or otherwise, the President shall issue writs under the public seal, addressed to the Returning Officer.
  • (2) Every such writ shall be in Form 1 in the First Schedule and shall specify the date or dates (referred to in this Act as the day of nomination) not being less than 5 days nor more than one month after the date of the writ and the place or places of nomination (referred to in this Act as the place of nomination).
  • (2A) In respect of any group representation constituency, no writ shall be issued under subsection (1) for an election to fill any vacancy unless all the Members for that constituency have vacated their seats in Parliament.
  • [10/88](3) Upon receipt of the writ, the Returning Officer shall proceed to hold the election in the manner hereinafter provided.

See how wonderful the GRC system is. A by-election needs to held only if ALL the members of the GRC vacate their seats. If 5 out of 6 members of the GRC resign or (God forbid) die, there is still no need for a by election under the law. In other words once we have the GRC system in place, we may never ever see a by election again....any MP vacates his seat will be covered by the rest.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

that's why i love the GRC system. remember the old tale of breaking chopsticks?

united we stand, for the PAP land.

xNSman said...

We must go by the book and not break the law as it is a crime. Er...... this law was created by the PAPies to keep PAPies in power. Dang! Damned if you do and damned if you don't. We have to exam our moral courage and ethics and these are very difficult subjects for us Singaporeans to contemplate. Let's be like sheep and follow the law blindly. No more headaches and problems solved.

Anonymous said...

We have been had a long time ago.

The GRC system was originally intended to enable minority ethnic groups to be represented in Parliament. We bought into the argument. It was a fatal trap. They crafted changes to the election rules.

Then they slowly and discreetly increased the number of candidates in some GRCs without the electorate being the wiser. This will be taken to extreme as time goes by.

Take heed of what Low Thia Khiang said some time ago. Singaporeans will be voting in only 5 GRCs in time to come. That's not an unlikely scenario.

Anonymous said...

Can we have a supersize 82-member GRC?

Vote one time and settle it all in a single go.

That way, the only to have a by-election is when 82 out of 82 members die or step down early.

GRC Supporter said...

Just luvin' the GRC man!

Anonymous said...

This is the reason why I LOVE PAP.

How about you?

joop said...

new reader here. i love your sarcasm. keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Gerrymandering and skillful use of our laws mean elections that can be used to show the world we have "free and fair" elections and that the ruling party has the support of the voting majority!

Anonymous said...

I have the impression that all Singaporean would like to see an by-election in Jurong GRC.

Anonymous said...

PAP lackeys wrote the law.

PAP is the law.

Onlooker said...

Most like to see a bye election because Most want to say bye to Tharman who enjoyed a pay increase for himself but say that pay increase will hurt the economy.
The influx of FT is not that bad if they have the brain to consider "QUALITY CONTROL".
ps in case any one want to mention forefather again. pre 1959 no NS, no infrastructure. And don't tell me that BS that everything is built overnight by one person "Vision".(warning superstition Rant ahead)That is his hallucination and he started believing in feng shui after the White Grand Sun is born. The sin of the farther is borne by the Sun crap and the idiotic suggestion that our wealth comes from outside.
AKA the reverse fountain in Sun Tech.
But he seem to forget the fundamental law of Feng Shui(I googled):- The good things shift every 10(or 12) years. What was once good will become bad (consider any policy reaching that age).

Anonymous said...

that's what happens when the ruling party has enough majority to change the Constitution anytime, anyway they like. In theory, the ruling party could even change the constitution to say elections are no longer needed and we can do nothing about it.

What to do? We voted them in.. It's happened - let's move on...

Kin said...

Er.....i think there's a word for it :"communist"

Anonymous said...

Oh, they will let you continue to have democracy, not communism, rest assured. Their version of democracy. What they will do is to change the law and the rules to disqualify all and sundry who wish to contest. Like choosing the President. Any candidate not supported by them will be convincingly demolished, disqualified and shamefully abused even before the election.