SINGAPORE – The People’s Action Party (PAP) retained power in Singapore’s keenly contested general election Friday, winning 83 of 89 parliamentary seats while garnering 69.86 per cent of the popular vote.
The ruling party recaptured Punggol East single member constituency (SMC) while the opposition Workers’ Party won six seats, retaining its stronghold of the Aljunied group representation constituency (GRC) and Hougang SMC with reduced margins.
PAP received over 70 per cent of the vote share in 15 out of the 29 electoral divisions with Jurong GRC (79.28 per cent), Ang Mo Kio GRC (78.63 per cent) and West Coast GRC (78.57 per cent) being the top three performers.
This was the 17th general election for Singapore and the 12th since the country’s independence in 1965.
It was also the first general election after the death of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in March.
The number of eligible voters in this general election was 2.46 million.
Candidates from nine political parties, including PAP, contested for 16 GRCs and 13 SMCs to fill the 89 seats.
The eight other parties were the WP (which contested 28 seats), Singapore People’s Party – SPP (eight seats), Singapore Democratic Party – SDP (11 seats), National Solidarity Party – NSP (12 seats), Singapore Democratic Alliance – SDA (six seats), Reform Party – RP (11 seats), Singaporeans First – SF (10 seats) and People’s Power Party – PPP (four seats).
For the first time since 2001, two independent candidates, Han Hui Hui and Samir Salim Neji, contested in the general election.
In the last general election, in 2011, the PAP retained power by winning 81 of the 87 seats up for contest then.