The hearing for the legal action on whether the government needs to hold a by-election in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC is set for a half-day hearing on 15 January 2018.
This, announced the Singapore Democratic Party, was determined at the pre-trial conference this morning.
It was also decided at the pre-trial conference that the SDP, which had filed the legal challenge, will not be a party in the matter.
This, as the Attorney-General objected to the SDP being part of the action.
The AG said that the party had no standing in the issue.
In a statement, the SDP said:
“In order not to complicate the proceedings and hold up the process, the SDP has agreed to withdraw from the action. This will leave Dr Wong Souk Yee, a resident in the GRC, as the sole plaintiff in the action.
The withdrawal does not change the essence of the legal action. Our position is that the PAP must abide by the constitution and the spirit of democracy by ensuring that an MP who vacates his/her seat be replaced by another MP through a by-election. As such, the SDP will support Dr Wong in her action.”
The legal challenge concerns whether as by-election should be called in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, following then-MP Mdm Halimah Yacob’s resignation to run for president.
Mdm Halimah’s resignation left the GRC without an elected minority MP, and PAP MP Zaqy Mohamad was appointed as an advisor to the GRC despite being MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC and holding another day job with auditing firm EY.