THE battle for votes is not fought in the period just before an election, but begins right after an MP gets voted in, said Mr Teo Ser Luck on Sunday.

He made the point at the end of a visit to his Punggol South ward by Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong, as he was peppered with questions by reporters about the possibility that his ward in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC could be carved out as a single-seat constituency.

Saying he was ready either way, he added: 'It won't be just nine days (of campaigning) or the lead-up from now to the nine days. I dont't think fighting an election depends on those few days or months (but) on years of hard work.'

The burgeoning population size in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC has led observers to speculate that Mr Teo's ward could be designated a single-seat at the next general election, due by February 2012. For that election, the minimum number of single-seat wards will be raised from nine to 12. Observers said Mr Teo's popularity makes him a suitable candidate to contest in a single-seat.

While noting that decisions on constituencies lie with the recently convened Electoral Boundaries Review Committee, Mr Teo said he was 'not discounting the possibility' of fighting the next polls on his own.

'We have done our best...We have worked hard over the last few years and we hope residents can recognise that, and hope they can see the results of it,' said the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Community Development, Youth and Sports.

Teo Ser Luck is set for battle