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GE2015: Charles Chong and Lee Li Lian to face off in Punggol East SMC

MP-elect Lee Li Lian – flanked by Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang and chairman Sylvia Lim, and joined by other WP MPs – waving to Punggol East residents during the party’s thank-you parade around the Punggol East ward.

[SINGAPORE] INCUMBENT Lee Li Lian will be defending the Workers' Party-held Punggol East SMC from the People's Action Party's (PAP's) veteran Charles Chong in the 2015 general election.

This was announced on Nomination Day on Tuesday at Fengshan Primary School.

Mr Chong, 62, will try to wrest control of the ward from Ms Lee, 37, who won the seat in a 2013 by-election.

Ms Lee had contested in a four-cornered fight, which included the PAP's first-time candidate Koh Poh Koon, after former Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer was forced to step down.

She garnered 54.5 per cent of the vote share then.

A seasoned politician, Mr Chong has fought six general elections since he entered politics in 1988. He started out in Sembawang GRC before moving to Eunos GRC, Pasir Ris GRC and Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, where he served two terms.

Mr Chong's current Joo Chiat single-seat ward has been absorbed by Marine Parade GRC following the electoral boundaries review last month.

Current Moulmein-Kallang GRC MP Edwin Tong will take over the ward, if he is elected, in the Marine Parade five-man team.

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