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. The following table lists the constituency contested by People’s Action Party (PAP) and Red Dot United (RDU) and their respective candidates. 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The results were announced by the returning officer Tan Meng Dui, who is also CEO of the National Environment Agency. Candidates may decline the post if offered, as was seen previously in the 1984 and 2015 elections. 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. Nomination Day for the Singapore General Elections 2020 fell on 30 June 2020. This handbook is not legal authority and should not be cited as such in a court of law. 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. SINGAPORE: Nomination Day for the General Election to be held on Jul 10 is over, confirming who the candidates contesting for the 93 seats will be. , On 19 July, Senior Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam mentioned that the politics had been changed permanently after the election, one with a solid mandate and one for a changing electorate, adding a fact on the results that "were also good for opposition politics", especially the performance for the WP and "reflected a discerning public and a political culture that bodes well for Singapore." , 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. 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.  Two other PAP incumbent candidates, Chan Chun Sing and Indranee Rajah, also responded to Singh's point, saying that it would be a mistake for voters to think that the PAP would return to power effortlessly, while adding that it was important for the PAP to get a "clear and strong endorsement" from the people. , The election was also seen as a rebuke to the PAP's "fourth generation" (4G) leaders which saw their vote majorities slashed, such the "prime minister in waiting" Heng Swee Keat narrowly retaining East Coast GRC with a marginal 53.41% and the defeat of Ng Chee Meng and his team in Sengkang GRC. , On 27 January 2016, a bill was passed for the Constitution, increasing the total number of members by three to 12 members. 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.  This drew criticism from several opposition parties for compromising the integrity of the election, as some were unable to field a polling agent to supervise the sealing of ballot boxes. The following tables list the constituencies contested by People’s Action Party (PAP) and Reform Party (RP) and their respective candidates. , Former PAP MP Inderjit Singh criticised the PAP for running personal attacks instead of focusing on the issues. , 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. , On 20 August, the parliament confirmed Tan Chuan-Jin will reprise his role as a Speaker of Parliament, while Fu and Lee were replaced by Rajah and Zaqy respectively, as the new leader and deputy leader for the upcoming parliament.  Excluding overseas votes, the PAP's overall vote share dropped to 61.24% which was the lowest share since the 2011 elections, while the WP's vote broke its best record for its overall contested vote share for any opposition with 50.49% of the votes, surpassing the previous record held by the Singapore Democratic Party in 1991 with 48.55%.  Previously, the title as a leader of the opposition was unofficial and paid the same reimbursement as a regular MP.  In an oral judgment released by Justice Ramesh on 20 August, he mentioned the amendments that pertained to Singh, Chua and Foo were neither involved issues during the trial, and that amendment was sought to allow the three defendants to address any new claims, which is now before the Court of Appeal; however both lawsuits were tried but not consolidated. , On 3 November 2017, then-secretary-seneral and Aljunied GRC incumbent MP Low Thia Khiang announced during a speech on the party's 60th anniversary that he would not contest the next party elections. A report published on 21 August that S$9,164,967 were spent from all 192 candidates in total, more than the figure of S$7,136,943 compared from the 2015 election; among the expenditure, PAP spent the largest at S$6,972,369, followed by PSP at S$781,275, then WP with S$705,647, and SDP S$323,292. 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. , In a press conference on July 18, Lawrence Wong stated while 61.2% was a "clear mandate", it was below what PAP expected at 65% of the popular vote. , The list of nine schools designated as nomination centres were:. The following tables list the constituencies contested by People’s Action Party (PAP) and Peoples Voice (PV) and their respective candidates. Senior citizens above the age of 65 will be given priority to vote between 8 am and 12 pm on Polling Day.  President Halimah Yacob dissolved Parliament on 23 June 2020 on the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Observers noted a pattern that overstates the degree to which GRCs are now vulnerable, even to opposition parties that fielded credible teams, such as in the case for PSP's Tan and WP's Pritam contesting in West Coast GRC and Aljunied GRC respectively. Registration of voters on polling day will be done electronically and election officials need not manually strike out a voter's particulars from a hardcopy register of electors. B.  As she had vacated her seat in Parliament, there were calls for a by-election, though the Court of Appeal eventually ruled that there was "no duty to call a by-election when a single vacancy arises in a GRC". The following table lists the constituency contested by People’s Action Party (PAP) and People’s Progress Party (PPP) and their respective candidates.  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. Bye Ivan, Hello Yao Quan: PAP replaces Jurong GRC candidate after backlash. The voting age in Singapore is 21 years. Selected international guests and ASEAN ambassadors, members of parliaments, former political holders, key government personnel, Guests attending at the Parliament House separately went through a live video feed to watch the broadcast and had the ceremony conducted as usual under instruction. Singapore’s transport minister retires from politics.  Lee added that 24 newly elected first-time PAP MPs will "reinforce the renewal process" of the party. A group of candidates wishing to stand for election in a GRC must all be members of the same political party, or a group of independent candidates. The best bits of the democratic elections in Singapore on the internet, mainstream or otherwise. This entry is a directory of the 192 candidates, sorted by their party and constituency. The case was escalated to the assistant returning officer and the police. The remaining SMCs and four GRCs (Aljunied, Holland–Bukit Timah, Jurong and Tanjong Pagar) were left untouched, though the Workers' Party raised questions on the abolition of SMCs that it had previously contested and lost by a narrow margin. GE2020: Here’s what’s different about Singapore’s election this time. The Co-ordinating Minister for Infrastructure did not announce its successor and thus became vacant.  Under the tenure of former leader Low Thia Khiang, WP established a Chinese-speaking support base. Follow today's top polls, candidates, primaries, fundraising, debates and more with POLITICO. , 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.  As of 2015, there were 16 GRCs and 13 SMCs. #historynerd", "GE2020: PAP wins with 61.24% of vote; WP claims two GRCs including new Sengkang GRC", "GE2020: PSP's Hazel Poa and Leong Mun Wai will take up NCMP seats", "Singapore Elections Department – Parliamentary Elections", "Singapore's GE13 could be held in 2019, say PM Lee", "Singapore General Election in 2019 'Always Possible,' Lee Says", "GE2019? 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On 25 March, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean told Parliament that he believed it would be unconstitutional for the President to form a caretaker government unless a state of emergency had been recommended by the Cabinet to the President. , Observers say that the lack of a contest was a good sign of internal unity, and that the party is keen to demonstrate its multiracial credentials now that it has a non-Chinese secretary-general, for the first time since 2001 with J. , Voters were given a recommended two-hour time slot to cast their vote on Polling Day (from 8 am to 8 pm) on their ballot card as a measure to counter long queues during polling. This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 14:56.  While most ministry portfolios from the last Parliament were unchanged, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat was also conferred a brand new portfolio for Co-ordinating Minister for Economic Policies. The Singapore Police Force, after consultation with the Attorney-General's Chambers, stated that "Mr Heng's remarks, in the context they were made, do not evidence any intent to wound anyone's racial feelings or promote enmity between different races".  According to Rajah's Facebook post on the eve of opening, the fifth COVID-19 budget statement by Heng a week prior on the 17th was meant "the best option" and ensuring MPs, businesses and workers proper clarification on the Government's plans before the opening.  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. Best wishes to the people of Singapore for a peaceful and prosperous future", "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Telephone Call with Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin", "Congratulations Prime Minister @leehsienloong and @PAPSingapore for their victory in the Singapore General Election. On 23 June 2020 at 4 pm SGT, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced during a live televised announcement that President Halimah Yacob had dissolved the 13th Parliament of Singapore on the same day and had issued a writ of election with nominations to be held a week later on 30 June 2020. However, in most cases Parliament is dissolved and a general election called at the behest of the Prime Minister before the five-year period elapses.  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'. 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. However, the prime minister may advise the President to dissolve Parliament at any time during the five-year period. , 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). He reminded the successful candidates to keep their feet "firmly grounded" after the WP secured a second GRC in Sengkang and held onto Aljunied and Hougang with increased margins. , The Committee released its report on 13 March 2020 with the formation of 17 GRCs and 14 SMCs. Baey Yam Keng and Eric Chua were separately inaugurated at the Istana on 3 August.  Leong and Poa's election as NCMPs were finalised by the Returning Officer Tan on 16 July.  The Parliamentary Elections (COVID-19 Special Arrangements) Act 2020 came into operation on 26 May. The following tables list the constituencies contested by People’s Action Party (PAP) and Progress Singapore Party (PSP) and their respective candidates. For the second consecutive election, the PAP safe seat of Jurong GRC won the best-performing result of the election with 74.62%. "Old-school stories of S'pore's MRT that your grandfather would tell you and you'd go "sure or not? 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. , 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. The names of the eligible candidates are announced a few days after the polling day. Both SDP and PV's Facebook pages, as well as several other Facebook pages belonging to others, were issued correction directions by the alternate authority of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act Office over the claim of plans for a population target of 10 million for Singapore. Lee also acknowledged that there was a "clear desire" for alternative voices in parliament especially from young and first time voters and called the loss of three incumbent office holders in Sengkang as a "major loss" to his team. , On 1 July, the Parliamentary Elections (COVID-19 Special Arrangements) Regulations 2020 was made to provide for mobile polling teams at special polling stations and to allow voters who have fever or on COVID-19 stay orders to vote from 7 pm to 8 pm on polling day. The Singapore People's Party members during a Chinese New Year celebration event. Constituencies with no comparison to 2015 were due to them being new constituencies. While ELD has tried to provide as much accurate and useful information as possible in this handbook, this publication does not take precedence over the law.  PAP later issued a statement, saying that it was "disappointed but not surprised" at SDP's response, and claimed that "the SDP have dug their heels in, repeated their falsehoods and refused to apologise to Singaporeans for misleading them" and that "Dr Chee has not changed, cannot change and will never change". The Ministry of National Development (MND) announced on 30 July that there were 17 town councils formed, with each town council formed from one GRC and at least one SMC in 11 out of 17 towns. Tharman aimed to achieve the balance and having a "vigorous and informed" debate between PAP and the oppositions in the upcoming government to improve efficiency and democracy.  In a Facebook post, he wrote that he looked forward to doing his best serving as leader of the opposition. , On 23 November 2018, Heng Swee Keat and Chan Chun Sing were respectively elected as the party's first and second assistant secretary-general to the PAP's 35th Central Executive Committee (CEC). , Veteran journalist PN Balji suggested that voters sent a message to the PAP that a new style of politics and governance was needed. , The following day, while Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan held a meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammudin Hussein at the Johor–Singapore Causeway, he mentioned on a separate interview that the assembly of the upcoming cabinet was a "complete unity" that balanced the components of continuity, exposure and renewal, and endorses Heng's leadership for the "fourth-generation" (4G) cabinet.  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.  Two constituencies, Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC and Pioneer SMC, saw a three-cornered fight, with the former being the first multi-cornered contest inside a Group Representation Constituency since the 1992 Marine Parade by-election 28 years prior. According to the constitution of Singapore general elections for parliament must be conducted within 3 months of the dissolution of parliament, which has a maximum term of 5 years from the first sitting of parliament, and presidential elections are conducted every 6 years. In the leadership election on 8 April 2018, Pritam Singh was elected unopposed as successor to Low as the party's new secretary-General. PSP candidate Ang Yong Guan questioned the belated "one-month delay" response after a foreign worker was admitted to hospital, which saw the virus rapidly spreading within their dormitories unchecked, leading to Singapore having the highest number of cases within ASEAN. A new Sengkang GRC was formed from portions of the former Punggol East and Sengkang West SMCs and the boundaries of Tampines GRC were altered for the first time since 2001, due to the increase in population in the northeastern area of Singapore. ", During the English-language debate, SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan touched on one of its campaign promises of saying no to a 10 million population in Singapore, citing a 2019 article from The Straits Times, to which PAP representative Vivian Balakrishnan replied that the Prime Minister's Office had issued a statement that day "advising people like you not to indulge in falsehoods" and denied that there would be a population of 10 million in Singapore, adding that the figure was a "strawman". , Singapore Democratic Party leader Chee Soon Juan said the SDP ran a "very good campaign" focused on policies and issues but "came up short" on winning.  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. 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. 9 talking about this. PAP took up nearly half of the entire conversations during the entire election period, followed by WP which garnered more than a quarter of conversations and the most Facebook interactions, then PSP and SDP at about 8% each.  Two round table political debates, one in English and the other in Mandarin, were also held. Investigations revealed human error had resulted in the e-registration system being inadvertently logged out which prevented the registration of her NRIC into the system. The 2020 Singaporean general election was a general election held in Singapore on 10 July 2020. 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