During a Bloomberg TV interview, Minister for Trade and Industry (MTI) Chan Chun Sing told the interviewer there is “not much time” left for Singapore to hold its next General Elections.
He tried to explain away that the parliament has to be dissolved in Jan 2021, as this would be five years after the first sitting of the current government. If based on his explanation, Singaporeans will have a maximum of 8 months before the General Elections is called.
Alternative solutions have been suggested to overcome this elections deadlines. For example, Progress Singapore Party chief Dr Tan Cheng Bock had even suggested elections can be delayed and a caretaker government can be formed. However such proposals have been objected by the PAP as they continue too harp on having a government with a strong mandate.
But based on the current confirmed Covid19 numbers moving closer to 30,000 cases, some netizens questioned if the General Elections can be held safely during such a crisis.
There remains doubt why the pandemic should not be dealt with first before rushing to call for an elections.