Ruling People's Action Party wins Singapore's general election

Saturday, 2020-07-11 15:21:21
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Singaporean voters have delivered a victory to the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in Friday (July 10)'s general election, according to the official election results.

The PAP won 83 of the 93 parliamentary seats in the polling, compared to 83 of the 89 seats in the last general election in 2015, showed the results revealed by Returning Officer Tan Meng Dui early on Saturday (July 11) morning.

The ruling party garnered 61.24 percent of the votes, compared to 69.86 percent in 2015 general election.

A total of 191 candidates from 11 political parties and an independent candidate contested in the election.

The whole country is organized into 14 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 17 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs), with a total number of 2.65 million eligible voters. A total of 96 percent of the eligible voters cast their votes in the election.

The PAP won victory in 13 SMCs and 15 GRCs.

The Workers' Party (WP), which got six seats in the 2015 election, secured 10 seats this year, becoming the only opposition party to succeed in some constituencies.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long and his team won Ang Mo Kio GRC with 71.91 percent of the votes. The PAP team also safeguarded the West Coast GRC by challenging the 80-year-old politician Tan Cheng Bock, who formed the Progress Singapore Party last year. Tan lost the presidential election in 2011 with a narrow margin.

Lee told a press conference early on Saturday morning that the percentage of popular votes that the PAP had won is not as high as he had hoped for, but the results reflected the broad-based supports for the PAP.

He said the results reflected "the pain and anxiety" felt by Singaporeans in this crisis, and the clear desire for a diversity of voices in the parliament.

With the election over, it is time for Singaporeans to put aside their differences and come together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, protect jobs and "create the future together," the prime minister said.

Amid the spread of the virus, Singapore's President Halimah Yacob dissolved the parliament and issued the Writ of Election on June 23. The contesting candidates spent nine days campaigning since the nomination day.

After a cooling-off day on Thursday, the polling was held on Friday when voters went to 1,100 polling stations nationwide to cast their votes. The polling hours were formerly announced to be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time, which was later extended by two hours.

Additional protective measures taken in the election such as voters sanitizing their hands and wearing disposable gloves before receiving the ballot papers, may have triggered the long queues at some polling stations.