PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION 1992
This by-election to fill an entire a Group Representation Constituency for the first and only time was precipated by the resignation of all its PAP Members of Parliament, including Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, for two purposes. The first was for PM Goh to secure a fresh, stronger mandate after last year's GE saw PAP lose an unprecedented four seats. The second was to keep his promise of giving WP chief J. B. Jeyaretnam an opportunity to contest an election. Jeyaretnam's ten-year election ban ended just after the 1991 GE and he 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 the main opposition SDP, which wanted to unveil its newly-acquired "trump card", namely National University of Singapore lecturer Chee Soon Juan. Subsequently, Chee would become the face of SDP 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