[57], On 7 April, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing introduced the Parliamentary Elections (COVID-19 Special Arrangements) Bill to Parliament which would allow voters under Stay-Home Notices or Quarantine Orders related to COVID-19 to vote outside of their normal electoral divisions in the upcoming General Election. Senior citizens above the age of 65 will be given priority to vote between 8 am and 12 pm on Polling Day. [129][130], In introducing WP's manifesto, Pritam Singh stated that there was a "real risk" of a wipeout of elected opposition MPs, adding that WP candidates must be voted into Parliament to serve the public in Parliament and strengthen democracy. [308], Group Representation Constituencies were traditionally regarded as a PAP "fortress" in the past, but The Straits Times political analyst Linette Lai mentioned that GRCs now no longer became a "haven" but cited that the scheme is still a dilemma to win, regardless if the GRC is helmed by an anchor minister or not. [313], 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. A total of ten opposition parties challenged the ruling party in this election. 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. 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(PHOTO: Getty Images) By Vernon Lee and Chia Han Keong Middle-aged voters, he specified, voted against PAP due to economic hardship from business disruptions, job and income losses and also professionals who were displaced and forced into jobs with lower pay. [80] 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". 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. The swing against the government during a crisis was seen as "unprecedented", as Singaporeans were usually seen as "traditionally risk-averse". The figure also accounted to a combined S$7.82 million for election advertising (mostly through internet), and about S$5.6 million for prints, but other details that specified the purchases for services and items for the candidates or parties were not mentioned. [88], On 30 April 2020, Low was hospitalised due to a head injury, and was discharged on 21 May. [117] The National Population and Talent Division of the Prime Minister's Office also objected to the claim. 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[145][146][147][148], A series of police reports were made in reaction to the first police report, including one against Heng Swee Keat, who had remarked that Singaporeans were "not ready for a prime minister from a minority race" or someone that was non-Chinese, and one against the People's Action Party's press statement on WP Raeesah Khan, both on the grounds of promoting enmity between different religious or racial groups. 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." [245][246], At about 11.40 pm on 15 July, Elections Department published a report for overseas votes. [315][316], 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. 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. [312] He attributed a fall in support amongst voters aged in the 40s and 50s, and perhaps those in their early 60s driving the swing against the government. [161][162][163] The vote counting was held inside the Elections Department Training Centre at Victoria Street under the witness of most Workers' Party candidates.[247]. [5], President Halimah Yacob dissolved Parliament on 23 June 2020 on the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. [270], On 2 September, Prime Minister Lee revealed on a live broadcast message in Parliament on the decision to open the 14th Parliament early, due to the urgency on dealing COVID-19 and the economy, while praising the current situation on mitigating the infection rate and healthcare, and mentioned that implementing a "Circuit Breaker" for two months was a big move and was successful.[271]. [58] The Bill was passed by Parliament on 4 May and assented to by the President on 15 May. General elections were held in Singapore on 10 July 2020 to elect the next Government of Singapore. [37][38] In addition, there will be more polling stations, reducing the average number of voters per polling station from 3,000 to about 2,400. Baey Yam Keng and Eric Chua were separately inaugurated at the Istana on 3 August. 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[133], 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. 192 candidates (including 73 new candidates and one independent candidate) from 11 parties had contested, the most ever in the history of Singapore, surpassing the record set from the 2015 election. Polls closed at 10 pm and vote counting began soon after. Lee stated that the party will need to work even harder to build consensus and create the political space for the future of Singapore during a turbulent and uncertain future. 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. MS Explains: An internal election for the party's own leadership, but it has significance to Singapore as a whole. The adjournment was approved by several law firms including the Davinder Singh Chambers.[284]. 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. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has returned to power, winning 83 of the 93 seats contested in Friday’s General Election, even as … [244], On 15 July, ELD revealed that a technical glitch had occurred in one of the voting centers for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC. 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,[303] but WP held on with a 9%-swing and expanded its support under Pritam Singh;[302][298] 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. [302] Singh suggested that Prime Minister Lee saved the PAP from losing more votes to below 60% when he said in his lunchtime rally that he would delay handing over to the 4G until the COVID-19 crisis was over, along with Tharman Shanmugaratnam presenting the government's strategy for the next term during the final days of campaigning, adding the fact that "the GRC system is no longer an advantage for the PAP" as PAP fared better even with first time candidates in SMCs but performing below expectations in GRCs with strong credible opposition candidates. The first results were announced at 1:22 am for Bukit Panjang SMC where PAP's Liang Eng Hwa was elected with a vote of 53.74%. In another analysis through an interview, NUS economics professor Ivan Png mentioned that PAP outperformed more in single-member constituencies than in GRCs, while another NUS political professor Bilveer Singh cited the opposition success like how WP managed to retain Aljunied GRC for two terms (nine years) up until the election. The results of the Singapore General Elections 2020 are as follows in alphabetical order.. Group Representation Constituencies Aljunied GRC: WP — 59.93% (85, 603 votes) PAP: 40.07% (57, 244 votes) Ang Mo Kio GRC: PAP — 71.91% (124, 430 votes) 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. (PHOTO: Getty Images) By Vernon Lee and Chia Han Keong The changes saw about 13% of voters being allocated to a new constituency and increased the number of seats from 89 to 93.[54]. 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. [12], The results saw the ruling People's Action Party winning 83 seats with the Worker's Party winning the remaining ten. This election also marked the second consecutive election not to have a walkover in any constituency. Lee mentioned that not changing most existing portfolios was to promote continuity and urging a need for experienced ministers to provide steady hands and mentoring the younger ministers, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. [174], 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. 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 near record low. For the second consecutive election, the PAP safe seat of Jurong GRC won the best-performing result of the election with 74.62%. MS Explains: An internal election for the party's own leadership, but it has significance to Singapore as a whole. [165], A total of 37 MPs out of 93 were office holders, the same number that comprises the previous cabinet; they were inaugurated two days later on 27 July at separate venues in Parliament House and in The Istana due to safe distancing, a first in Singapore's history the inauguration were held at multiple venues. 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