General election day today
Around 2.21 million Singaporeans are voting in their general election today. Voting takes place across 732 polling stations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time. Results are expected early on Sunday.
This election is unique because 82 of the 87 seats are being contested. In past elections the People’s Action Party (PAP), which has been in power since 1965, would have expected to have won the election before polling day with a majority of seats uncontested.
The other major difference is the rise of social media. The main media in Singapore is very heavily controlled by the government and allows little opportunity for opposition views. In this election, however, there have been live streams online of the may opposition party rallies and commentary which has been free of censorship. Tapping in to the new, engaged, youth vote which has expressed its dissatisfaction at the ruling PAP there are the possibilities of some upsets.
The best previous result for the opposition parties was in 1984 when they won four of the 84 seats available.
PAP is expected to take around 60% of the vote.