[SINGAPORE]WIDELY expected to be one of the most keenly-contested constituencies in the coming general election, East Coast GRC will have the People's Action Party (PAP) team battling contenders from the Workers' Party (WP).
It was announced on Nomination Day at Fengshan Primary that the experienced PAP team will be led by Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, 61, and comprises Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan, 53, Minister of State for National Development and Defence Mohamad Maliki Osman, 50, and two-term backbencher Jessica Tan, 49.
Challenging them will be the WP slate led by Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam, 37, whose other team members are: sociologist Daniel Goh, 42, research and consultancy firm CEO Leon Perera, 44, and ex-librarian Mohamed Fairoz Shariff, 36.
The smallest of the six four-member GRCs with an estimated 99,015 voters, East Coast was the PAP's worst-performing GRC that won in the 2011 General Election.
It had polled 54.8 per cent of the vote share against a team from WP.
This was a nine per cent drop (63.9 per cent) from the 2006 General Election.
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