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Singapore: Ruling People's Action Party reelected

Singapore: Ruling People's Action Party reelected

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 11 Jul 2020, 03:50 pm

Singapore/UNI: Singapore's ruling People's Action Party (PAP) has been reelected in the general elections conducted on Friday.

The ruling party secured 83 out of the 93 parliamentary seats in the polls, it had secured 83 out of the 89 seats during the last general elections held in 2015.

The ruling party got 61.24 per cent of the total votes, in 2015 general election it got 69.86 per cent votes.

Xinhua reported that a total of 191 candidates from 11 political parties and an independent candidates had contested the elections.

Singapore is organized into 14 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 17 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs), and it has a total 2.65 million eligible voters.

A total of 96 per cent of the eligible voters are said to have cast their votes in this election.

The PAP won in 13 SMCs and 15 GRCs. The Workers' Party (WP) secured 10 seats.

The Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his team won Ang Mo Kio GRC with 71.91 percent of the votes. This is likely to be his last term before retirement as a national leader, he has been at the helm since 2004.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, along with his East Coast GRC team members, won with 53.41 percent of the votes while the WP team attracted the rest 46.59 percent. Heng moved from Tampines GRC where he had served for nine years to East Coast GRC this year. As Heng is widely viewed to be Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's successor, analysts believe a hard battle will help cement his position in PAP.