Report: Singapore's general elections
SINGAPORE, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Having more contests in the general
election is good for the maturation of Singapore's political system, Prime
Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Thursday at a press conference.
He stressed that, in the coming election, Singaporeans are not just voting
for Members of Parliament (MPs) in their respective constituencies, but also
voting for a government which they think can bring the country forward in the
next 15 to 20 years.
Being the secretary general of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), Lee said
that the PAP's policies are future-oriented, which will provide
Singaporeans, no matter young or old, with more opportunities.
The PAP has secured 37 of the 84 parliamentary seats in seven uncontested
Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) on Nomination Day on Thursday.
The opposition parties, including the Workers' Party (WP), the Singapore Democratic
Alliance (SDA) and the Singapore Democratic Party, have fielded 47 candidates
in all the nine Single Member Constituencies and the other seven of the
14 GRCs to challenge the PAP.
It is for the first time since 1988 that the PAP did not won a majority of
the total seats to declare victory in the general election on Nomination Day.
However, Lee said that this result is not important for the party because
he and his team are confident that the PAP will win the election on Polling Day,
which is May 6.
He vowed that the PAP team will take the contests seriously and do as best
as they can to win each and every vote.
Singapore's last general election was held in November 2001, in which the PAP
got 75 percent of the votes and won 82 out of the 84 parliamentary seats,
while the WP and the SDA gained one seat each.
Nearly 2.16 million of Singapore's some 4 million
population, including more than 1,000 who have registered overseas, are now
eligible to vote in the coming election. Enditem