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On 15 February 2012, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hougang SMC was expelled from his political party, which left his parliamentary seat vacant. The next day, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that there was no fixed time within which he must call for a by-election. He added that "there are many other issues on the national agenda right now". In parliament he said he will decide whether and when to hold a by-election. The use of the word “whether” implied that he had unfettered discretion not to hold one. Unhappy at being indefinitely left without an MP to represent her, Hougang resident Mdm Vellama d/o Marie Muthu, challenged PM Lee's decision by applying to the High Court. Before her case came up for hearing, PM Lee called for the Hougang by-election to be held. In this video, Professor Kevin YL Tan dives into the history of the constitution on election to how significant was Mdm Vellama's case to clear up certain doubts and at a point, noting the question of whether the right for Singaporeans to vote is enshrined in the constitution. Links:

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