Singapore

Singapore goes to the polls


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Singapore goes to the polls today to elect 89 members of the Parliament of Singapore.

There are 29 constituencies comprising 13 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 16 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCSs). The GRCs are split into six 4-member, eight 5-member and two 6-member GRCs.

The 2,460,977 eligible voters are voting between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time across 832 polling stations.

The centre-right People’s Action Party (PAP) which has ruled the country since 1959 is facing a largely united opposition for the first time with all 89 seats being challenged. In most seats the opposition have agreed not to contest against each other although there are one or two three way fights. There are also two independent candidates standing.

The last general election was in 2011 and the centre-right PAP won 81 of the 87 seats in parliament. The centre-left Workers’ Party of Singapore (WP) came second with six seats; they picked up another seat in a 2013 by-election.

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