Chen Qing Wen and Reuben Wong (SIIA Council Member and Professor in the Political Science Dept of the National University of Singapore), two observers of Singapore government are fairly certain that the General Elections will occur in the second half of the year, as this year's (2010) budget measures would require at least that much time to take effect.
Dr. Bilveer Singh (Professor in the Political Science Dept of the National University of Singapore) also feels that the Singapore government will wait for some hot-topic issues (e.g. foreign workers) to subside, and for the economy to improve before they confidently announce the dates of the General Elections.
However, Reuben Wong points out that it waiting until August/National Day to hold the elections could have the effect of giving the opposition parties more preparation time.
The next general elections could be as late as Feb 2012, as the current political term will expire only in Nov 2011.
NUS Professors Bilveer Singh and Reuben Wong also feel that although the announced budget does not look much like an "Election Year Budget", but this does not rule out the possibility of a 2010 General Election.
Reuben Wong is of the opinion that Budget 2010 is one which addresses long-term issues for Singapore, and that its formulation was not distracted by the fact that the government has been dealing with certain "hot-topic" grassroots issues recently, such as the PR/foreign workers debate, and the overheated property market.
"The discussion of these hot topic issues could also be seen as the government's way of showing care and concern to the electorate," Dr. Wong said.
Bilveer Singh also fels that the electorate's expectation of Budget "hongbaos" is understandable, but they must understand that Budget 2010 is a different budget from the previous years', which responded the urgent need to aid Singaporeans overcome the worst of the financial crisis. Budget 2010 is a budget which plans for the future success of the country.