Singapore GE: Workers' Party likely to field fewer new faces

Left: Associate Professor Jamus Lim, seen here with Workers' Party chief Pritam Singh, is said to be a possible candidate for Sengkang GRC. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO Ms Raeesah Khan, founder of Reyna Movement and daughter of one-time presidential hope
Associate Professor Jamus Lim, seen here with Workers' Party chief Pritam Singh, is said to be a possible candidate for Sengkang GRC. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO
Left: Associate Professor Jamus Lim, seen here with Workers' Party chief Pritam Singh, is said to be a possible candidate for Sengkang GRC. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO Ms Raeesah Khan, founder of Reyna Movement and daughter of one-time presidential hope
Above: Mr Peter Tan (far right), an information technology professional, has been often seen with former Workers' Party electoral candidates Yee Jenn Jong (far left) and Firuz Khan (second from right, foreground), making the rounds in Marine Parade GRC.PHOTO: YEE JENN JONG/ FACEBOOK
Left: Associate Professor Jamus Lim, seen here with Workers' Party chief Pritam Singh, is said to be a possible candidate for Sengkang GRC. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO Ms Raeesah Khan, founder of Reyna Movement and daughter of one-time presidential hope
Ms Raeesah Khan, founder of Reyna Movement and daughter of one-time presidential hopeful Farid Khan, has been seen walking the ground with the Workers' Party in the areas that come under the newly created Sengkang GRC. PHOTO: LEE LI LIAN/ FACEBOOK

Party focusing firepower on its regular stomping grounds rather than new areas

The Workers' Party (WP) is likely to field fewer newcomers at the coming polls than in the last general election, focusing its firepower on its regular stomping grounds instead of expanding into new areas.

In the 2015 General Election, the WP had a bumper crop of 16 new faces. But this time, only a handful may be fielded, with the party unlikely to venture beyond Aljunied GRC, East Coast GRC, Marine Parade GRC and the newly created Sengkang GRC as well as Hougang SMC, party insiders said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2020, with the headline 'WP likely to field fewer new faces this GE'. Print Edition | Subscribe