07 Apr '11, 1am

GE: 3-cornered fights can be good

SINGAPORE: Three-cornered electoral fights -- long considered the bane of the Opposition's bid to enter Parliament -- could actually benefit the country in the long term, some political observers say. This so, even as jockeying intensifies among Opposition parties, with talk of even four-cornered fights emerging. While conventional wisdom dictates that three-cornered fights dilute Opposition votes and cede the battle to the ruling party, the upside is that the electorate becomes more discerning -- by being exposed to Opposition candidates of varying quality, said political analyst Eugene Tan. Looking at elections in "binary terms" -- the People's Action Party versus the Opposition -- paints the Opposition as a "homogeneous entity", said the Singapore Management University law lecturer. A three-cornered fight could also provide a more accurate gauge of each Opposition candi...

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