As a result of the election, two non-constituency seats were taken up by two members, Hazel Poa and Leong Mun Wai, both from the new Progress Singapore Party, for achieving the best-performing non-elected result at West Coast GRC, which was confirmed on 14 July.  The ruling People's Action Party secured its 15th consecutive term in government since 1959, setting the second-longest uninterrupted record among countries with universal suffrage of 66 years if PAP finishes their full term of five years, behind Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party which held for 71 years. , On 20 July, a legal poser was also brought by the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) citing that who would be the next plaintiff after the Sengkang ward was claimed by WP; SKTC contains a division (Rivervale) which was based on Punggol East SMC, a ward previously held by the WP between the 2013 by-election and the last election, and AHTC is currently facing a situation of civil lawsuit over a breach of duties and auditing problems worth over S$33 million, which WP had since lodged an appeal prior to the election. , Between the start of election proceedings in March 2020 and nomination day on 30 June 2020, various political parties in Singapore made preparations to contest in the general election by revealing their candidates and manifesto to the general public. On 5 October, the Election Department announces that the inspection of a list of non-voters were open to public and non-voters can restore their names at any time until the writ of election for the next election is issued.  Nevertheless, the two SDP leaders said that it was time for the election campaign to move on from the dispute. 11 Jul 2020. , On 15 July, ELD revealed that a technical glitch had occurred in one of the voting centers for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC. To summarise the actual results of the 2020 Singapore General Elections, while PAP kept their supermajority in parliament, it lost an additional constituency (Sengkang) to The Workers’ Party. , On 13 March 2016, the PAP MP for Bukit Batok SMC David Ong resigned over personal indiscretions with a party grassroots activist. Candidates are able to fill in most of the necessary documents online while election volunteers are able to count the number of votes within a shorter duration with the help of counting machines, enabling election results to be released at least 50 minutes earlier.  On 31 August, both Christopher de Souza and Jessica Tan were elected as Deputy Speakers, replacing Charles Chong and Lim Biow Chuan. , On 30 April 2020, Low was hospitalised due to a head injury, and was discharged on 21 May. The last results came at 3:44 am in which Aljunied GRC and Nee Soon GRC are retained by WP and PAP with 59.93% and 61.90% respectively. He added that the swing against PAP was not concentrated solely amongst younger voters while acknowledging unhappiness about the PAP style of campaigning, or how race issues were discussed and also the use of POFMA against opposition candidates. People's Action Party Secretary-General and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves as he leaves a polling centre during the general election on 10 July 2020 in Singapore.  These arrangements were later officially announced on 1 July, when the Singapore government announced that special polling stations will be set up in Marina Bay Sands and JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach to accommodate voters serving their stay-home notices in the two hotels. Despite the warning, however, there was no change in the enforcement and Wong believed that polling was conducted in open spaces and there was no close contact in terms of touching and talking, and had arranged voters different safety protocols while they cast their votes.  When parliament held its first session on 31 August, Parliament also moved a motion allowing Singh to have double time (40 minutes) on making speeches, and entitled to hiring three legislative assistants and one secretarial assistant, as opposed to backbencher's one.  During the opening, President of Singapore Halimah Yacob mentioned on her address that the start of the term was "under the shadow of COVID-19" with the situation "remain grave for some time", while the rise of the fourth-generation (4G) cabinet was meant "to take Singapore the next steps forward". On 29 May 2020, Ravi Philemon and Michelle Lee, former members of the PSP, announced that they had submitted an application to register a new political party. Ninety-three parliamentary seats were up for grabs across 31 electoral divisions. The swing against the government during a crisis was seen as "unprecedented", as Singaporeans were usually seen as "traditionally risk-averse". Eight existing MPs were also promoted, among which Senior Ministers of State Edwin Tong and Maliki Osman were promoted to Cabinet ministers as Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Education and Foreign Affairs, respectively; Backbencher Rahayu Mahzam was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health with effect on 1 September; Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad promoting to a Senior Minister of State and also given the Defence portfolio; senior Parliamentary Secretaries Low Yen Ling, Faishal Ibrahim and Sun Xueling as Ministers of State while given new portfolios (Low as Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry, Faishal as Home Affairs and National Development, and Sun as Education and Social and Family Development); and Alex Yam as the new mayor for North West Community Development Council replacing Teo Ho Pin.  Leong and Poa's election as NCMPs were finalised by the Returning Officer Tan on 16 July. , 350 voters who are quarantined at the time did not vote as they are not allowed to leave their place where they were currently isolated to cast their vote. He added that newly elected Sengkang GRC MP Jamus Lim's warning during the televised election debate not to give the PAP a "blank cheque" had resonated with many voters. , For overseas voting (which was held in ten cities, Dubai, London, Tokyo, Beijing, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Shanghai, San Francisco, New York City and Canberra), voting was subject to the approval of the authorities in the affected countries, while ELD announced that they would release the arrangements for returning Singaporeans who are issued a mandatory 14-day stay home notice to vote in hotels and reducing the risk of infecting others. , Former PAP MP Inderjit Singh criticised the PAP for running personal attacks instead of focusing on the issues. A voter had reported being unable to vote due to the system stating that she had already cast her vote prior.  In a Facebook post, he wrote that he looked forward to doing his best serving as leader of the opposition. Pritam Singh's handling of WP's election campaign and his response to the police report into Raeesah Khan was praised, by moving quickly to stand by the candidate. WP successfully retained their wards of Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC and captured the newly created Sengkang GRC, making it the largest representation for opposition-elect in Parliament since 1966, the first time an opposition claimed multiple GRCs since the creation of the scheme in 1988, and also the first time a newly created constituency was won by an opposition on its first attempt. , On 17 September, the Singapore Police Force announced that it had concluded its investigations into the two incidents, and that aside from a "stern warning" to both Raeesah and the blogger; neither action was taken against both.  In addition, there will be more polling stations, reducing the average number of voters per polling station from 3,000 to about 2,400. Follow real-time updates on Singapore’s 2020 General Election results. Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) secured victory in the Friday’s general election, which also saw opposition Workers’ Party (WP) winning record 10 seats. , On 28 March, Tan Cheng Bock responded to Teo's comments by saying that the unconstitutional nature of a caretaker government as a result of a postponing a general election would be far more preferred than having a health emergency by exposing millions of Singaporeans to potential COVID-19 infection. There were concerns citing that the fielding of more minority candidates and the failure to send a representative to the Chinese language televised election debate which may hamper WP's chances from holding Aljunied for a third term, but WP held on with a 9%-swing and expanded its support under Pritam Singh; Inderjit went on to praise WP on the quality of its selection of candidates and voters "are therefore willing to vote on the brand name" of the party instead of looking at the candidates' merits. MS Explains: An internal election for the party's own leadership, but it has significance to Singapore as a whole. Much has been made about the relatively low share of the vote … , The returning officer is Tan Meng Dui, a former deputy secretary at the Ministry of National Development and current CEO of the National Environment Agency. PAP candidate Vivian Balakrishnan also called for the SDP to clarify its claim. , Singh mentioned it was important for the party to retain some of its most experienced members like Mr Low, who has been with the party since the early 1980s, especially the need of a younger cohort.  Voters who are unable to vote because of medical issues, or because they are overseas, will be delisted from the registrar of voters due to mandatory voting, but will not need to pay the $50 fee for reinstating their names. Law professor Eugene Tan explained the GRCs are "not invincible" and "The PAP may well win big in GRCs, but it must not be forgotten that it has lost, and can lose big, in GRCs." The SDP began campaigning on 23 February 2019, On 16 October 2019, the SPP saw its first major leadership change since its formation with opposition veteran, On 3 January 2020, four political parties (, The nominees elected for 2020 General Election will be highlighted in.  The Parliamentary Elections (COVID-19 Special Arrangements) Act 2020 came into operation on 26 May. , The governing People's Action Party has been in power since 1959 and is currently led by the prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong. Most other roles for the GPCs were left untouched. Additionally, Tan Wu Meng have relinquished his Senior Parliamentary Secretary portfolios (Foreign Affairs and Trade and Industry) and returned to a backbencher, while Baey Yam Keng relinquished his Culture, Community and Youth portfolio but retained his Transport ministry. , In another data analysis website Meltwater, the volume for social media conversations has increased by at least four-fold compared to the previous election in 2015, with the volume peaked on polling day where it had 128,311 conversations as compared to 8,071. , Veteran journalist PN Balji suggested that voters sent a message to the PAP that a new style of politics and governance was needed.  Two round table political debates, one in English and the other in Mandarin, were also held. According to Singh, the amended statement for which court approval was sought was meant to understand the proposed amendments, which Singh did not reply to a request for comment by press time. Since the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) team led by Tan Cheng Bock contesting in the West Coast GRC were the best-performing losing opposition team by garnering 48.31% of valid votes, both NCMPs seats were offered to PSP. Tambyah accused the PAP government of "recklessness and opportunism" for holding the election during a pandemic, and also called the long queues of voters due to the requirement to wear gloves when casting ballots and lack of personal protective equipment for polling agents when voters on stay home orders came to vote as a "fiasco".. He questioned the PAP to "look at themselves and see whether they have conducted themselves in a gentlemanly way". In an unprecedented move, Lee announced that Worker's Party leader Pritam Singh would be designated as the official Leader of the Opposition and "will be provided with appropriate staff support and resources" to perform his role. Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) secured victory in the Friday’s general election, which also saw opposition Workers’ Party (WP) winning record 10 seats. The boundaries for the five town councils were untouched from the last parliament term, namely Aljunied-Hougang (AHTC), East Coast-Fengshan (ECTC; renamed to East Coast), Holland-Bukit Panjang (HBPTC), Jurong-Clementi (JCTC) and Tanjong Pagar (TPTC), with the exception of East Coast GRC due to Fengshan SMC being absorbed into, four out of the five GRCs had experienced no boundary changes. Lee mentioned on a speech that there was an emerging trend that "shown a strong desire among Singaporeans for a greater diversity of views in politics", and its purpose on adding the role added was to "maintaining our cohesion and sense of national purpose".  For the first time since 1991, six-member GRCs were eliminated and reduced to five. , PM Lee added that a thorough review into the conduct of the election would take place, acknowledging that the arrangements "could have been done better" following the reports of long queues at polling stations caused by additional arrangements for COVID-19. Baey Yam Keng and Eric Chua were separately inaugurated at the Istana on 3 August. , The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee is made up of senior civil servants and charged with adjusting the boundaries of electoral divisions prior to an election. He also believed it would shift the country towards more left-leaning policies. PAP: 57.75% WP: 42.24%. (PHOTO: Getty Images) By Vernon Lee and Chia Han Keong This is his first election as Returning Officer, taking over from Ng Wai Choong who had served in this role in the previous general election. The previous election marked another milestone in Singapore's electoral politics, which saw the opposition Workers' Party managed to win the newly formed Sengkang Group Representation Constituency.  Elderly voters above the age of 65 were given a special time slot in the morning.  ELD also reviewed that 13 voters who were still serving the Stay-Home Notice did not vote that day due to the duration.  In a statement on 8 July, the police deemed that no offence had been committed by the PAP. Seven fresh MPs were promoted in the office, among which Tan See Leng become the third MP (after Heng and Richard Hu) to be directly promoted to a Cabinet Minister, taking on the portfolios for the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Manpower and Trade and Industry; four were given Minister of State portfolios, namely Gan Siow Huang (Education and Manpower), Alvin Tan (Culture, Community and Youth and Trade and Industry), Desmond Tan (Home Affairs and Sustainability and Environment) and Tan Kiat How (Prime Minister's Office and National Development); Eric Chua promoting as a Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Social and Family Development with effect on 1 September; and Mohd Fahmi Aliman as the new mayor for South East Community Development Council replacing Maliki.  In western Singapore, the PSP and SDP made inroads and reduced previously massive PAP vote margins, giving a huge swing and converting them into marginal seats, notably Bukit Batok (54.80%), Bukit Panjang (53.74%) and West Coast (51.69%), for the latter also contributed the election's largest swing of 26.88% large enough to award PSP two NCMPs although the PAP retained the constituency.  Others such as Chua Hak Bin and Associate Professor Lawrence Loh took a more nuanced view, suggesting that voters were swayed more by the quality of the opposition candidates and a shift from basic needs to social responsibilities. (CNN) Singapore's ruling People's Action Party (PAP) maintained its unbroken grip on power in Friday's general election, even as its popular support slipped to a … SDP's chairman Paul Tambyah, who is an infectious disease expert and president-elect of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, claimed that the government was more concerned over a shortfall of masks than public health when it issued advisories not to wear masks unless a person was unwell. , On 17 July, two weeks ahead of the announcement, He Ting Ru requested to manage their own Sengkang Town Council without any merging of other town councils as a chairwoman of the town council, and added that she also wrote to both AMKTC and PRPTC on 11 July to request a preliminary meeting to discuss the handover, as most of the divisions in Sengkang were under PRPTC in the last election, except Anchorvale, which is based on Sengkang West SMC (part of AMKTC). B. Voting was mandatory for all Singaporeans who were aged 21 or above as of 1 March 2020.  WP swiftly came out to support Raeesah; in a press conference with WP chief Pritam Singh, chairperson Sylvia Lim and the Sengkang GRC team, Raeesah also apologised and released a statement stating that her intention was "never to cause social divisions but to raise awareness on minority issues", adding that she also regretted making her "insensitive" comments.. , As the first election where physical rallies are not allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social media, internet and memes, and for the first time in the history of elections, Constituency Political Broadcasts have been heavily used in terms on campaigning, and thus the increase of the election expenses, where it was capped at S$4 per voter per the number of electoral division by average. CNN's Akanksha Sharma and Isaac Yee contributed to reporting.  A general election must be held within three months after every dissolution of Parliament. , The polls were slated to close at 8 pm; however, in an unprecedented move in Singapore electoral history, the Elections Department extended the voting hours till 10 pm, just within two hours before its initial closing time.  The exact date of formation was revealed only when Pritam Singh asked Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in a written reply in Parliament. "We have a clear mandate but the percentage of the popular vote is not as high as I had hoped for," Lee said Saturday. , Finally, Inderjit Singh suggested the results for Aljunied GRC was a sign that Singaporeans have matured on the question of race where three elected WP candidates were minorities. , Former prime minister Goh Chok Tong called PAP's victory a "clear mandate" and called PM Lee's move to designate Pritam Singh as official leader of the opposition a "very significant move". Under the current constitution from the Parliamentary Elections Act, voting in the general election is mandatory and candidates who did not cast the vote are delisted from the Registrar of Electors at the end of voting. , On 5 July, reports emerged that two separate police reports were lodged against WP's Sengkang GRC candidate Raeesah Khan for her online comments, which allegedly promoted enmity between different religious and racial groups. Singapore’s governing People’s Action Party (PAP) extended its unbroken rule in Friday’s election, but its vote share slipped as … Analyst Eugene Tan highlighted PSP's expenditure in a statement for a new party "the need to get the message out there in what is a very crowded opposition space in a very short time probably necessitated that sort of higher spending".  Following the announcement of Heng Swee Keat's appointment as the sole deputy prime minister on 1 May 2019, succeeding Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, former MP Inderjit Singh said that the PAP intends to showcase Heng's imminent ascent to the top post and dispel rumours of any surprises in the leadership succession. , In the lead up to the 2017 Singapore presidential election, Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC Halimah Yacob resigned from the party on 7 August 2017 to fulfil regulations which prohibit the President of Singapore from any party affiliations. There was also a perception that the PAP's fourth generation (4G) leaders were arrogant and elitist, a "natural aristocracy who project a “we know best" attitude". What next for Singapore politics. , The results saw the ruling People's Action Party winning 83 seats with the Worker's Party winning the remaining ten. , Similarly, Workers' Party (WP) also held a biennial CEC election on 27 December at Clarke Quay instead of the headquarters at Geylang. It also elect Desmond Lee and Grace Fu as Organising Secretaries, while Yam, Chee Hong Tat and Janil Puthucheary were elected as Assistant Organising Secretaries. The results of the 2020 elections have raised some questions about the future of politics in the country. Speculation rose that PAP will be forced to rethink the issue of leadership transition given the lacklustre results for the 4G leaders. [a][b][c] Finally, Prime Minister Lee announced that the annual National Day Rally will be cancelled but will instead deliver his speech when the Parliament opens a month later on 24 August. , Paul Tambyah and Chee Soon Juan responded to PAP's statement issued the previous day; Tambyah said that PAP's comments were "a sign of desperation" and that it showed that PAP had "run out of ideas" and "resorted to the old PAP tactics of just politics of personal destruction", while Chee said PAP was "beating a dead horse". , On 27 January 2016, a bill was passed for the Constitution, increasing the total number of members by three to 12 members. ELD subsequently apologised to the voter over the mishap and allowed her to restore her name while exempting the $50 payment fee. Only a judge of the Supreme Court may have the order to open the sealed boxes and inspect the contents during the time, though it is to institute or maintain a prosecution or an application to invalidate an election. 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Associate Professor Eugene Tan emphasises that receiving viral headlines or highlights during election, such as Jamus Lim and Raeesah Khan, and the blooper made by Heng Swee Keat during his acceptance speech about the "East Coast plan", contributed a crucial factor on canvassing votes. Unlike the previous elections, the recount is now triggered automatically rather than being called out manually from the candidates or counting agents, which was previously seen in 1991 (Nee Soon Central SMC), 2011 (both Presidential and Potong Pasir SMC) and 2015 (Aljunied GRC); additionally, a standby counting machine would be used for recount instead of being manually counted. A total of ten opposition parties challenged the ruling party in this election. 15 out of 17 towns were managed by PAP with the exception of AHTC and SKTC, which were managed by WP.  Including overseas voters, a total of 111,076 voters, which comprises 4.19% of the whole 2,651,435 electors eligible, did not cast the vote on 10 July. SINGAPORE GE2020 Vs GE2015 RESULTS COMPARISON The People’s Action Party (PAP) clinched 61.24% of the votes in this year’s General Election 2020 but lost 2 Group Representation Constituency (GRC) to Workers’ Party (WP) which are Sengkang GRC and Aljunied GRC. Under the current constitution, opposition will be guaranteed 12 parliamentary seats which may consist of elected members of parliament (MP) from the opposition team and unsuccessful candidates in this election from the best-performing losing opposition party or parties. , Under the rules by the Election Department, each candidate's spending limit is S$4 per voter multiplied by the total electorate in an electoral division (with no maximum spending cap), and participating candidates were required to declare their election expenses within 31 days after the election (all 192 candidates managed to declare it on 15 August), after which inspection are allowed from that date onwards until six months later on 20 February 2021. It elected members of parliament to the 14th Parliament of Singapore since Singapore's independence in 1965, using the first-past-the-post electoral system.  Puthucheary and Sim were also reprised in their roles as Party Whip and deputy Whip respectively.  PSP chief Tan Cheng Bock, in his 2 July Party Political Broadcast said the PAP government's "boasting in January failed to prepare Singapore for the explosion of dormitory cases in April. , 2020 parliamentary general election in Singapore, Other parties without parliamentary presence, Criticisms of the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Allegations of discriminatory comments by Raeesah Khan, Allegations of racist comments by Heng Swee Keat.  President Halimah Yacob approved the order of retrieving the document; while the ballot box is destroyed after the date, the destruction of the copy is delayed up till 9 February (maximum 30 days) upon its retrieval.  On 25 June, while Low was on rehabilitation, the party announced he (and along with Chen and Png Eng Huat) will not seek election for the first time in his 32-year career; while on his interview, he cited his satisfaction on his leadership and success for the party, saying 'I felt my work was done'. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives at a People's Action Party branch office as ballots are counted.  The following day, PM Lee announced that Singh would be entitled additional parliamentary privileges and doubling his annual MP salary to S$385,000 as the leader of the opposition. The election saw a voter turnout of nearly 96%. The new cabinet was announced on a live televised announcement held in The Istana by Prime Minister Lee on Saturday, 25 July at 2.30pm on his Facebook page as well as CNA, CNA938 and YouTube. The PAP’s average vote share declined to 61.24% which is its lowest vote share since the 2011 elections. 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