30 May '11, 10pm

Expect A Different Kind Of Presidential Election: Eugene K B Tan, Today

The forthcoming Presidential Election will, in all likelihood, be different from the previous ones. This is the first time that both parliamentary and presidential elections are being held in the same year, separated by a mere three months. The dust from this month's General Election has yet to settle and we are on the threshold of the fourth Presidential Election, with polling likely to be in August. My hunch is that, unlike in 1999 and 2005, there will be a contest this time. And it is probable the strong ground sentiments, polarised political mood and emotions that characterised this year's May GE will also manifest themselves in the presidential polls. This is despite the Presidential Election not being a political contest in which candidates debate and challenge each other on political platforms and policies. Candidates have to be non-partisan - a candidate will have ...

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