Another candidate for the presidency has emerged today (Jul 15), with former SDP candidate Tan Jee Say collecting certificate of eligibility forms from the Elections Department. Mr Tan was also formerly principal private secretary to then DPM Goh Chok Tong.
According to a Straits Times report, Mr Tan Jee Say decided to run as he feels that many Singaporeans 'want to have a choice to elect a distinctly non-PAP candidate whose independence of the PAP Government is clear'.
Mr Tan most recently ran as a Singapore Democratic Party candidate in Hougang - Bukit Timah GRC in the May 7 general election.
Some teachers are reportedly hoping that the Presidential Election will be held on Aug 27, so that they would have a shorter workweek leading up to Teachers' Day.
STOMPer PE2011 said:
"Another candidate has stepped up to the plate.
"Mr Tan Jee Say is certainly a surprise candidate to me."