Singapore Announces GE To Give Govt Strong Mandate For Covid-19
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Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced that the country will be going into General Elections (GE) despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to the public in a live address, Lee said the decision was made to ensure that the government will have a strong mandate to guide the nation.
The alternative is to wait out the Covid-19 pandemic. But we have no assurance that the pandemic will be over before this Government’s term must end next April.Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore.
With a fresh five-year mandate, Lee said that it will allow the new government to focus on the national agenda and difficult decisions that have to be made.
Lee also stated that he met President Halimah Yacob earlier today to advise her to dissolve parliament and issue the Writ of Election.
The Singaporean PM also assured that the voters can vote safely and political parties can campaign effectively.
According to Channel News Asia, the upcoming elections will include dedicated time-bands for seniors to vote, mandatory gloves for voters before entering polling booths and increasing polling stations.
No physical rallies are allowed and door-to-door campaigning is capped at groups of five. Each candidate will be given 3 minutes of airtime on TV.
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