PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION 1992
This only by-election in a GRC was called by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in his own GRC. To do so, all the four Members of Parliament had to resign. PM Goh had two purposes. The first was to secure another fresh, stronger mandate after last year's GE saw PAP lose an unprecedented four seats under his leadership. The second was to keep his promise to allow WP chief J. B. Jeyaretnam to contest an election, as the latter's ten-year election ban ended just after the 1991 GE. Jeyaretnam had accused PAP of calling a snap election 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 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 SDP's figurehead under controversial circumstances and lead the party for many years.
Writ of election: 2 December 1992 [Wed]
Eligible voters: 73,986
Election deposit: $6,000