Work begins for next GE

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Preparations for the next general election have already started.

Mr Heng Swee Keat will take charge of the PAP’s efforts to analyse its performance in the 2015 general elections while Mr Gan Kim Yong will handle the process of identifying candidates for GE2021.

It had been a landslide win that saw the PAP winning nearly 70 per cent of the vote, and garnering 83 of the 89 seats in Parliament.

Mr Heng’s appointment was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the PAP's Secretary-General, on his Facebook page in October 2015, barely weeks after GE2015.

In his own Facebook post, Mr Heng, who is an MP for Tampines GRC and Finance Minister, said his team to analyse the poll results would comprise party members with a wide range of experience. He will also seek views from a broad spectrum and “discuss deeply” with the chairmen and activists of all the PAP branches.

Mr Gan’s task was also announced by Mr Lee at a dinner in early December for past and present PAP MPs. Mr Gan, who is an MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC and Health Minister, takes over the task from Dr Ng Eng Hen. The first tea session with potential candidates is likely to take place in December 2015, said Mr Gan. “We are now going through referrals and nominations from the grassroots, ground activists, MPs and different sources,” he said.

This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of Petir Magazine.

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