PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION 1992
This first and only by-election in a GRC, and the last by-election Singapore had, was called by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in his own GRC for two purposes. Firstly, he hoped to secure another fresh, stronger mandate after last year's GE saw PAP lose an unprecedented four seats under his leadership. Secondly, he wanted to keep his promise of allowing WP chief J. B. Jeyaretnam to contest an election upon the latter's ten-year ban ending just after the 1991 GE and who accused PAP of calling a snap election because it was afraid of him. On nomination day, WP failed to file its nomination due to the tardiness of a candidate but three other opposition parties entered the fray, including the main opposition SDP, which wanted to unveil its newly-acquired "trump card" - National University of Singapore lecturer Dr Chee Soon Juan, who would subsequently become SDP's leader under controversial circumstances.
Writ of election: 2 December 1992 [Wed]
Total voters: 73,986
Election deposit: $6,000