Singapore’s Election Department, under the Prime Minister’s Office, has announced the updating of the voters registration yesterday (Feb 1) – paving the way of the General Election that would likely come in a few months.
In June 2017, the voters registration were updated and the Presidential Election was called 3 months later in September 2017.
For the General Election in 2015, an Electoral Boundaries Review Committee – who reports directly to dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as well – will be first created to gerrymander and cut up constituencies to favour the ruling party.
Gerrymandering has been a key legalised-corruption tool for the ruling party PAP, which has in recent years saw declining popular votes. There were only 69.9% popular votes for the PAP in 2015, but their Parliament presence is 90%, or 81 out of 90 seats. Gerrymandering works in the PAP favour by minimising win margins in PAP constituencies and maximising loss margins in Opposition constituencies, with the aim that an area of more opposition voters do not get placed in constituencies like Potong Pasir that are closely-contested, and vice-versa, where more PAP voters are spread out instead of congregating in a “sure-win” constituency like Ang Mo Kio GRC.
Following the creation of the biased election committee, Lee Hsien Loong will then start imposing new election laws like a compulsory internet blackout on Election Day he imposed in 2011, and other new regulations to tip the votes in his favour. This year, Lee Hsien Loong has prepared extensive media regulation on “fake news”, where all independent news sites or article criticising the government warrant a 2 year jail sentence and a S$100,000 fine.
Tabulating the time for all the shady background preparation by the dictator, the ruling party would soonest call for an election in September by our estimate. As it is also unlikely the voter registration update be left sitting unused for more than a year, or a second update be called for, the next General Election is expected to happen within a year from today.
The dictator Prime Minister is also trying to distance his election from the 9% GST implementation in 2020, which many Singaporeans have been complaining about on top of existing cost of living concerns. Economic indicators are also heading south with unemployment on the rise. There is also a buffet of domestic and foreign affairs issues that are deteriorating by the day, that has already impacted public confidence on his dictatorship.