Undependable independent candidates???

There were supposed to be 7 independent candidates who might have fancied thinking themselves as Seven Samurai (good show, highly recommended!). Alas, in the real world, their earlier expression to contest in the coming GE is proven to be insufficient.

Four independent candidates make it to the news today. But all with the wrong reason. First is Zeng Guo Yuan who torn his nomination form in panic when reminded by a reporter that he had an unpaid fine due to a previous conviction for molesting a woman. Boo!!

Second and third are about Ooi Boon Ewe and Boon Suan Ban involved in frenetic scrambles to find enough assentors to back their bids for Sengkang West and Mountbatten respectively. Poor planning. They should have gone together with assentors & not last minute, running around crying for help! Double Boo!!

Forth is about Ng Teck Siong who because of his timekeeping (or lack of it) has his candidacy (and four others with him) rejected. Thus, residents of Tanjong Pagar GRC have lost their chances to vote.

Sad. It's always endearing to see independent candidates really battling against the giant political parties. We won't see such a battle happen here for sure. No "Davids vs Goliaths" kind of epic shall be witnessed for (again) this year GE. The only thing that the independent candidates might have gained is publicity. Congratulations!!

Independent candidates Ooi Boon Ewe, a 70-year-old former tutor, and Mr Boon Suan Ban, a 53-year-old remisier with OCBC, were involved in frenetic scrambles to find enough assentors to back their bids for Sengkang West and Mountbatten respectively.

A third, Mr Zeng Guo Yuan, turned up in a yellow baju kurung and a songkok. When reminded by a reporter that he had an unpaid fine - from a previous conviction for molesting a woman - that could bar him from running, he tore up an envelope, believed to contain his nomination documents, and stormed off.

Although up to seven Independent candidates had earlier expressed interest in contesting the GE, none made it to the contest in the end, just like in the 2006 GE.

Partially quoted from TODAY, "The drama on nomination day ...".

The team of independent candidates alleged that they were treated unfairly in their attempt to file their nomination papers to contest the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) - leading to their disqualification - but the Elections Department declared yesterday that everything was done according to the law.

Socialist Front chairman Ng Teck Siong said he and a team mate, former Singapore Malay National Organisation (PKMS) secretary-general Nazem Suki, had submitted their nomination forms 5 minutes before the official deadline at noon.

However, the team alleged, they were disqualified on a technicality and for submitting their forms late.

Setting the record straight in a statement issued yesterday evening, an Elections Department spokesperson 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."

The spokesperson cited the Parliamentary Elections Act which states that the papers would be rejected if all procedures such as "every nomination paper and GRC certificates shall be delivered … (by) persons seeking nomination …" are not carried out between 11am and noon.

Mr Ng's five-man team left hastily after a walkover was declared in Tanjong Pagar GRC, which is led by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

When reporters caught up with them, the team members, who had scrambled to raise funds through social media and by getting help from local actresses, were visibly upset.

"We suffered a loss in terms of our time and effort. I'm sad and disappointed," said Mr Ng.

According to Mr Ng, the team turned up at 11.25am but their seconder, who he claimed had been "threatened", did not turn up.

Upon submitting amended forms, Mr Ng claimed the team was disqualified.

He said the team intends to file a complaint with the Elections Department alleging bias .

Both Mr Ng and Mr Nazem could not be reached for further comments following the Elections Department's response to their allegations.

The two men's unsuccessful bid to stand in Tanjong Pagar GRC - uncontested since 1991 - will also leave Mr Nazem and Mr Ng without any political party membership.

The PKMS confirmed that it had received Mr Nazem's resignation filed yesterday morning.

Earlier, the Socialist Front also said that Mr Ng would have to resign if he chose to contest with another party. Its secretary-general Chia Ti Lik said yesterday that the party has not received any word from Mr Ng.

From TODAY, "Independent team was late with their forms".

PS. The above 3 screenshots were from mypaper - hardcopy edition today.


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