Third time lucky?
But the first date has come and gone. So fail!
The second date has also become impossible.
This is because there has to be at least 15 days between the day the President dissolves Parliament and issues the Writ of Election , and Polling Day.
Today is already April 16 and there’s no sign of Parliament being dissolved — yet. So my second guess is also dead in the water. So fail again!
But I’m one Sgporean who isn’t afraid of failure, at least teeny, weeny ones.
So, I’m sticking out my scrawny neck again.
Two hot dates have been suggested in a report in the Yahoo website which quotes two political pundits’ views on which date is more likely for GE 2011 day of reckoning.
Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, Ong Keng Yong feels May 7 is more likely, he told The Straits Times, according to the Yahoo site.
Political watcher and law lecturer Eugene Tan, however, felt May 3 is a more likely date for Singapore to go to the polls as it will come just after the goodies from the $3.2 billion Grow and Share Package will be disbursed.
For my money, I would go with Keng Yong’s May 7 date, not least because May 3 would be most unusual as no polling day has ever fallen on a work/week day (at least not in my memory) and May 3 is a Tuesday.
May 3 also comes after a public holiday on May 2 which replaces May 1, the actual public holiday which falls on a Sunday this year, making the following day (ie May 2) a public holiday.
As polling day will also be a public holiday, if it falls on May 3, there would then be two public holidays together, something that happens only for Chinese New Year! And as they would come after a week end, imagine what many Singaporeans will do?
Why, speed away for a short holiday, of course, leaving fewer voters to vote!
Is that what the PAP wants especially when, as a government, it made voting compulsory?
It’s against this backdrop that I will put all my chips on May 7!
All should be unveiled tomorrow or next week at the latest and I would know once and for all if I’ve any chance as a political forecaster in my next career!