Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (front, centre) and PAP members (Photo: VNA)
The candidates for the 16 group representation constituencies and 13 single-member constituencies in Singapore filed their nomination papers for the General Election on September 1.

They also officially entered a nine-day campaign lasting through September 9.

Matters such as expensive lifestyles; housing, medical and educational expenses; income gaps; growing population; and immigration policies are forecast to be voters’ top concerns for candidates to focus on while campaigning.

Earlier, the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) unveiled 89 candidates vying for all 89 seats in the parliament.

The PAP’s main opposition, the Workers’ Party, said it will run for 28 seats, five seats higher than in the 2011 election.

The two parties announced their manifestos for the General Election last week, slated for September 11.

On August 25, Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam dissolved the country’s parliament per the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The number of eligible voters is expected at around 2.46 million, increasing by 4.7 percent from the 2011 election.-VNA