PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION 1992

This only by-election involving a GRC was precipated by the resignation of Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and three other PAP Members of Parliament of the GRC for two purposes. The first was for PM Goh to secure a fresh, stronger mandate after last year's GE saw PAP lose an unprecedented four seats. The second was to keep his promise to WP chief J. B. Jeyaretnam to allow him to contest an election. Jeyaretnam's ten-year election ban ended just after the 1991 GE and he had accused PAP of calling a snap GE because it was afraid of him. However, on nomination day, WP failed to file its papers due to the tardiness of one candidate. Three opposition parties entered the fray, including the main opposition SDP, which wanted to unveil its newly-acquired "trump card", namely National University of Singapore lecturer Dr Chee Soon Juan. Subsequently, Dr Chee would become the face of SDP under controversial circumstances and lead the party for many years.

Writ of election: 2 December 1992 [Wed]
Nomination day: 9 December 1992 [Wed]
Polling day: 19 December 1992 [Sat]
Members swearing-in: 18 January 1993 [Mon]

Eligible voters: 73,986
Voter turnout: 68,436 (92.5%)

Election deposit: $6,000

RESULTS
Marine Parade GRC
Total seats = 4


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