SINGAPORE : Singaporeans had went to the polls on May 7.
President SR Nathan dissolved Parliament on Tuesday, with Nomination Day slated for next Wednesday, April 27.
Polling Day, which falls on a Saturday, has been declared a public holiday.
The news came a day after the announcement of two committees of prominent Singaporeans to certify minority candidates for the election.
Some 2.35 million voters are eligible to vote in the coming polls – the 14th in Singapore’s history.
There will be 87 wards, carved out into 12 Single Member Constituencies (SMC) and 15 Group Representation Constituencies (GRC).
The election deposit for each candidate standing for election will be S$16,000 and nomination papers can be filed from 11am to noon on April 27.
There will be nine nomination centres for the coming General Election (GE).
SINGAPORE: The Elections Department has released the final tally of votes for the general election.
Even after factoring in overseas votes which were counted on Wednesday afternoon, the margin for Potong Pasir remains at 114 votes or 0.72 per cent. There were 19 votes for the People’s Action Party and 19 for the Singapore People’s Party.
On May 7, 2,683 overseas Singaporeans cast their votes at nine polling stations in five countries, namely Australia, China, Japan, the UK and the US. This, out of the 3,453 who registered as overseas voters from the 26 contested constituencies.
Their votes were counted at ITE College Central and the process was observed by candidates who contested in the General Election.
The ruling People’s Action Party saw a marginal increase in vote share in one GRC and five SMCs. The constituencies are Sembawang GRC and the Bukit Panjang, Hougang, Joo Chiat, Punggol East and Sengkang West SMCs.
The largest increase was 0.03 per cent in Sengkang West.
The PAP however saw a fall in vote share in six GRCs (Aljunied, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Marine Parade, Moulmein-Kallang, Nee Soon and Holland-Bukit Timah) and four SMCs (Radin Mas, Whampoa, Yuhua and Mountbatten).
In the opposition-claimed Aljunied GRC, PAP’s vote share fell by 0.01 per cent. In Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and Mounbatten SMC, PAP’s vote share fell by 0.02 per cent and 0.03 per cent respectively.
Overall, the margin remains unchanged in seven GRCs, which are Ang Mo Kio, Chua Chu Kang, East Coast, Jurong, Pasir Ris-Punggol, Tampines and West Coast.
The margin also remains unchanged in 3 SMCs, including the closely-watched Potong Pasir.
Percentage of valid votes and changes after adding overseas votes:
Aljunied – PAP 45.28% (-0.01%)
Ang Mo Kio – PAP 69.33% (unchanged)
Bishan-Toa Payoh – PAP 56.93% (-0.01%)
Chua Chu Kang – PAP 61.2% (unchanged)
East Coast – PAP 54.83% (unchanged)
Holland-Bukit Timah – PAP 60.08% (-0.02%)
Jurong – unchanged
Marine Parade – PAP 56.64% (-0.01%)
Moulmein-Kallang – PAP 58.55% (-0.01%)
Nee Soon – PAP 58.40% (-0.01%)
Pasir Ris-Punggol – 64.79% (unchanged)
Sembawang – PAP 63.90% (+0.01%)
Tampines – PAP 57.22% (unchanged)
West Coast – PAP 66.57% (unchanged)
Bukit Panjang – PAP 66.27% (+0.01%)
Hong Kah – PAP 70.61% (unchanged)
Hougang – PAP 64.80% (+0.01%)
Joo Chiat – PAP 51.02% (+0.01%)
Mountbatten – PAP 58.62% (-0.03%)
Pioneer – PAP 60.73% (unchanged)
Potong Pasir – PAP 50.36% (unchanged)
Punggol East – PAP 54.54% (+0.01%), WP 41.01% (-0.01%), SDA 4.45% (unchanged)
Radin Mas – PAP 67.10% (-0.01%)
Sengkang West – PAP 58.11% (+0.03%)
Whampoa – PAP 66.10% (-0.01%)
Yuhua – PAP 66.86% (-0.01%)
Workers Party(WP) manage to retain Hougang SMC. PAP retains most of the seats. Left the most watched over Area, Aljunied GRC( West Coast Group Representation Constituency) lead by Foreign Minister George Yeo of PAP.
Will PAP win this or the Opposition(WP) make history?
PAP won the Elections, retains the majority vote but lost Aljunied GRC to the Opposition,”Workers Party” with 72,165 votes, out of a total of 133,685 votes. Workers Party obtained 54.71 per cent of the votes. 1,788 votes were rejected votes. A real shocking outcome but a heartfelt gratitudes to Foreign Minister George Yeo who has lead for more than 23 years of great leadership, commitment and dedications for Singapore.
Let us listen to Foreign Minister George Yeo giving a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore, May 10th 2011. During the conference he outlined his views on his recent electoral loss, and talked about his future plans.
Stay Tuned in 2016 for next Singapore General Elections.
For Now, the History has been made remembered. Forget our differences, let us focus on bringing in positive committed mission, full spirited developments, risk protected visions, realistic changes and fruitful improvements to deliver the best for our country, economy and nation.