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GE2015: Bukit Batok now a 3-cornered fight

[SINGAPORE] Residents in Bukit Batok will have three candidates to choose from, come polling day on September 11.

Contesting the single member constituency (SMC) are David Ong of the People's Action Party (PAP), Sadasivam Veriyah of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), and independent candidate Samir Salim Neji.

The three names were confirmed at the close of Nomination Day proceedings on Tuesday.

David Ong was previously at Jurong group representation constitutency (GRC), having won his seat in the 2011 general election. He is managing director of RedDot Publishing Inc, which specialises in providing media solutions for the tourism industry.

SDP's Mr Veriyah is businessman and ex-teacher, who contested in Sembawang GRC in the last election in 2011.

Independent candidate Samir Salim Neji - whose name was a surprise nomination at the last minute - is managing director of Anaplan Asia.

Bukit Batok is a new SMC in GE2015; it was carved out of Jurong group representation constituency (GRC) in the latest Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) report.

It had existed as an SMC from 1972 to 1991; SDP had challenged the incumbent PAP in 1988 and 1991 polls. At the latter, SDP lost by a margin of 858 votes, with 48.2 per cent of ballots.

The nine-day campaign period starts immediately.

Read more about GE2015 here.