Singapore Democratic Party
新加坡民主党 
Parti Demokratik Singapura
Registered: 8 September 1980
Symbol: Arrowhead & circle
Website: http://www.yoursdp.org/
Founded by Chiam See Tong and several new political entrants who launched the party on 6 August 1980 and symbol on 19 October 1980. In the 1991 General Election, it won an unprecedented three seats and became the first opposition in post-independent Singapore to win more than one seat. Soon after, serious internal conflicts led to Chiam's resignation as secretary-general on 17 May 1993, who was replaced by Dr Chee Soon Juan. In August 1993, Chiam was sacked by the party but fought his expulsion in court and was reinstated. Before the 1997 GE, he crossed over to SPP. SDP lost all its seats in that GE and was out of Parliament for the first time since 1984. Owing to defamation suits, Dr Chee became a bankrupt in 2006 until being discharged in 2012 and returned to the electoral fray in 2015. SDP had also faced the prospect of being wounded up and to circumvent this, close aides registered USD in 2010. Nevertheless, under Dr Chee's leadership, SDP became the most globally connected opposition party in Singapore by joining several international networks and revived the party's publication as "New Democrat", which in the Chiam era was known as "The Demokrat".
General Elections record
Year Seats Cand Won % Year Seats Cand Won %
1980 75 3 0 30.7 2001 84 11 0 20.4
1984 79 4 1 46.1 2006 84 7 0 23.2
1988 81 18 1 39.5 2011 87 11 0 36.8
1991 81 9 3 48.6 2015 89 11 0 31.2
1997 83 12 0 33.1
By-Elections record
Year Seats Cand Won % Year Seats Cand Won %
1992 4 4 0 24.5 2016 1 1 0 38.8