26 Feb '11, 1am

Gender or race no obstacle in Single Member Constituencies?

SINGAPORE - Neither a woman nor a minority race candidate has been fielded in a single seat for the past two decades, and political analysts think the People's Action Party is going to take a big step forward during the coming polls. No decision has been made yet but there is a belief that incumbents Amy Khor, Grace Fu and Michael Palmer will remain in their wards - Hong Kah North, Yuhua and Punggol East, respectively - which were carved out as Single Member Constituencies in the redrawn electoral map. It was in 1991 when PAP's Seet Ai Mee ceded her Bukit Gombak ward to Singapore Democratic Party's Ling How Doong, but it could be in the ruling party's interest to stick with its women candidates this time, observers felt. Former Nominated MP Zulkifli Baharudin, for instance, noted the party has said it wanted to be non-gender biased. Agreeing that the PAP "would want to pic...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110226-0000216/Ge...

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