09 Apr '11, 3am

ST publishes 3 criticisms of GRC system! #sgelections #sgelection

WHAT has happened to the group representation constituency (GRC) system represents a deviation from its originally noble intention ('Cynicism will hurt GRC system', commentary by deputy editor Alan John; Wednesday). Original three-member GRCs have mushroomed into four-, five- and six-member constituencies, although these upsizings have not helped increase minority-race presence in Parliament. If the original objective could be achieved with three members in a GRC, why has the number increased so drastically over the years? In my view, the changes were prompted by the People's Action Party's (PAP) desire to make it increasingly difficult for opposition parties to capture a GRC, after surviving a narrow shave in a few GRC contests. The PAP's argument that having large GRCs cuts both ways for the PAP and opposition parties in terms of risks and rewards is unconvincing. Also, ...

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