SINGAPORE — Singapore’s newest political party announced on Friday (19 June) that it will contest the upcoming general election (GE) with a team of five members, possibly in Jurong GRC.
Red Dot United (RDU) also unveiled its symbol, a compass rendered in the national colours of red and white.
“The compass represents safety as those on a journey rely upon its ability to point them in the right direction, navigating tumultuous seas and unfamiliar ground,” said the party in a press release.
“Just as a compass does, RDU will strive to consistently point towards the principles and values which must be present in the decision-making process of the government and country.
RDU, the 13th political party to be registered in Singapore, was officially given the green light by the Registry of Societies on Thursday.
Its mission statement: “Politics with Principles, Vision with Values”
RDU said that it is prepared to contest the upcoming GE with a team of five, but will not contest any constituency should there be a three-cornered fight.
“At present, we have open lines of dialogue with the other opposition parties and none of them have currently indicated they will be contesting Jurong GRC. If this constituency remains unchallenged, RDU will represent the opposition to the best of our ability,” said the party.
On Thursday, the Elections Department announced that, should Singapore’s next GE be held amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, physical rallies will not be allowed and a cap of five persons per group must be observed during walkabouts and door-to-door campaigning.
While the next GE is due on 14 April 2021, comments by senior leaders have raised expectations that Singaporeans will be going to the polls in the coming months.
In a television interview last month, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the sooner polls are held, the earlier the elected government can rally Singapore together to deal with significant long-term economic challenges.
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